2022 Steam School

Organizers announce 2022 schedule for steam schools for beginners and experienced engineers.

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Most steam schools operate with a mix of classroom time and hands-on experiences.

It may feel like winter outside, but it won’t be long until students head back to school – steam school, that is. Steam schools have been announced by several groups across the U.S. and interested persons are encouraged to register early as classes regularly fill fast.

Whether you’re a veteran engineer or a novice, steam schools provide invaluable instruction on steam basics, maintenance, safety precautions and emergency procedures, all conducted by qualified professionals. Some steam school programs offer credit toward licensing.

Did we miss your group’s steam school? Contact us at editor@farmcollector.com or call (800) 678-5779 to get your program listed on our website and in future listings.


Central States Threshermen’s Reunion

When: June 4-5

Where: Threshermen’s Park, Pontiac

Tuition: $60 ($50 for each additional family member)

The Central States Threshermen’s steam school is designed for beginning and intermediate engineers, with an emphasis on safe engine operation. Tuition includes camping space, refreshments, lunch both days and class materials.

The morning schedule consists of classroom presentations covering the properties of steam, boiler basics, running the engine, lubrication, injector operation, boiler maintenance and restoration, belting and emergency procedures. Afternoon sessions focus on hands-on firing and operation.

For more information: Doug Smith, 2695 E. 1900 N Rd., Moweaqua, IL 62550; (217) 341-4987; email: smithkeck1920@gmail.com; www.threshermensreunion.org.

group standing in front of a large steam engine


Heritage Park of North Iowa Steam Engineer School

When: May 21-22

Where: Heritage Park of North Iowa, Forest City

Tuition: $75

The Heritage Park steam school offers two classes: one for beginners, and one for advanced students. As part of the course, attendees help prepare one or more steam traction engines for steam-up. Those who complete the class will receive 16 hours credit toward the 50 hours required for a Minnesota Hobby Engineer’s license. Class size is limited to 50 beginners and 25 advanced students. Materials, lunch and refreshments are included.

For more information: Jerred Ruble, Heritage Park of North Iowa, P.O. Box 27, Forest City, IA 50436; (612) 860-9830; email: antiquepowershows@heritageparkofnorthiowa.com; www.heritageparkofnorthiowa.com.

Midwest Old Threshers Steam School

When: April 30-May 1 AND May 14-15 (two separate classes)

Where: Midwest Old Threshers grounds, Mount Pleasant

Tuition: $75

The class begins at 8 a.m. on the first day; a short lunch break is held at noon. On the second day, participants will operate working engines for a hands-on experience. The session ends at 2 p.m. on the second day, following a noon meal (which is included). Students must be age 14 or older.

For more information: Julie Scott, 405 E. Threshers Rd., Mount Pleasant, IA 52641; (319) 385-8937; email: info@oldthreshers.org; www.oldthreshers.org.


Kansas Antique Engine Show Safety Assn. (KAESSA) Steam School

When: April 23-24

Where: 1221 East Murdock, Wichita

Tuition: $50

Tuition covers handouts, breakfast and lunch both days. Those who attend both days will earn 16 hours toward a Kansas operator’s license. Two to three engines will be fired up for use during the school.

Topics covered include boiler system components, feed systems, safety appliances, lubrication, terminology, types of engines, start-up from cold, and safety.
For more information or to register: Sherry Housos, (785) 488-6727; email: sherryhousos@gmail.com. Information will also be posted on the KAESSA Facebook page.


Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion

University of Rollag Steam School

When: June 18-19

Where: Steam Hill, Rollag

Tuition: $50

The two-day course offers classroom instruction and hands-on experience using a wide range of steam equipment, including stationary, traction, miniature and railroad engines. The class is certified for Minnesota, North Dakota and Ohio steam hobby license. WMSTR is the only training approved by the state of Minnesota not provided by a state-run entity. Materials and two meals are included. Class size is limited to 70. Registration required.

For more information: Tom Hall, University of Rollag, P.O. Box 999, Moorhead, MN 56561; (218) 233-1771; www.rollag.com.

group lined up holding certificates


Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn. Steam School

When: May 15-16 (beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday)

Where: Rough & Tumble grounds, Kinzers

Tuition: $80

New Rough & Tumble members must join prior to school in order to operate equipment on the R&T grounds. Class is limited to the first 23 applicants (age 14 and over). Steam School tuition includes all materials.

Emphasis is placed on safety, maintenance, operation and hands-on experience. Class time is limited to half of the first day, with remaining time dedicated to practical, hands-on operation, including cleaning, inspection, maintenance and operation of numerous steam traction engines. Conditions permitting, students also may operate two railroad engines (The Shay and Little Toot) as well as custom engines and a large variety of steam traction equipment. This gives students the widest experience available to operate steam equipment, an experience unique to Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn. in Pennsylvania.

For more information: John Johnson, P.O. Box 9, Kinzers, PA 17535; (717) 442-4249; email: steamschool@comcast.net; www.roughandtumble.org.


Somerset Steam & Gas Engine Assn.

Somerset Steam School

When: April 9-10

Where: Fairfield View Dairy Farm, Somerset

Tuition: $100

The course is divided into classroom and hands-on sessions with qualified and experienced instructors focusing on education, familiarization and safety in the operation and maintenance of steam engines and boilers. All course materials and two lunches are provided. Class size is limited to 20 students. Applications may be downloaded from the Somerset Steam & Gas Assn. website (see address below).

For more information: Gil Roberts, P.O. Box 492, Somerset, VA 22972; (540) 672-3429; email: info@somersetsteamandgas.org; www.somersetsteamandgas.org.


Wisconsin Historical Steam Engine Assn. Steam School

When: Sept. 23-25

Where: North Central Wisconsin Antique Steam & Gas Engine Club show grounds, 223755 Steam Hill Dr., Edgar, WI 54426

Tuition: $75

Topics covered include stream theory; steam engine components; boiler construction; operation and maintenance; piping, valves and accessories; firing under various loads; handling an engine; boiler water treatment; and emergency procedures. Registration is at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Class is held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Materials provided include a textbook, Steam Traction Engineer’s Checklist, and Case Steam Engine Manual. Breakfast and lunch both days, and dinner Saturday night, are included. Free primitive camping is available on the show grounds. Class size is limited to 40; preregistration is required. Completion counts for 16 hours toward the required number to obtain a state operator’s license in Minnesota and Ohio. Youth scholarships are available.

For more information: Jeff Bloemers, Wisconsin Historical Steam Engine Assn. Steam School, 5903 Cart Path Rd., Sheboygan, WI 53081; (920) 287-1146; email: jwbsteam@gmail.com; www.whsea.org.

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