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Steam Engine Schools

Several steam engine schools offer the opportunity to learn from experienced steam engine instructors.

| February 2017

  • Participants at the 2016 Midwest Old Threshers Reunion Steam School pose for a group photo with a 12-ton 1905 Kelly Springfield road roller owned by Dave Gross and a 65 hp 1915 Case owned by Melinda Huisinga. Beginner and advanced steam engineers received classroom and hands-on instruction throughout the weekend.
    Photo courtesy Midwest Old Threshers Reunion
  • Instructor Rob Donley and his two teenage sons ride on a homebuilt engine with a vertical boiler during class.
    Photo courtesy Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • A student cleans the flue on a steam engine at the Heritage Park of North Iowa Steam Engineer School.
    Photo courtesy Pam Olson, Kensett, Iowa
  • John Titterington demonstrates how to pour babbitt bearings to his class at the Heritage Park of North Iowa Steam Engineer School.
    Photo courtesy Pam Olson, Kensett, Iowa
  • Butch Biesecker, a Rough & Tumble director and Steam Traction Engine chairman, teaches young and old alike at the Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn. Steam School.
    Photo courtesy Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.

Are you a beginner in steam, looking for qualified, personalized instruction, or a seasoned steam expert wanting a refresher? If so, consider enrolling in a steam school this year to acquire knowledge or to hone existing skills while meeting other steam enthusiasts.

Steam schools offer both classroom and hands-on instruction in the operation and maintenance of steam engines and place a strong emphasis on safety. Most schools provide meals, snacks and materials for the duration of the course, and some offer optional official practice exams or credit toward a license. But if you’re interested, don’t wait to register because courses fill up quickly!

Did we miss your club’s steam school? Contact us at or at 1-800-682-4704 to get your club included in future listings. FC


Midwest Old Threshers Reunion Steam School

The two-day course offers classroom instruction and hands-on experience. Materials, morning snacks and one lunch are included.

When: May 6-7
Where: Midwest Old Threshers grounds, Mount Pleasant
Tuition: $75


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