Steam School is in Session

Steam schools utilize classroom and hands-on experience to educate.

| February 2016

  • Lorrell Weaver, a student in the Rough & Tumble course put on by Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn. in Kinzers, Pa., cleans the flue while an instructor looks on to ensure proper safety and classroom techniques are observed.
    Photo courtesy John Johnson and Reinhold Steigerwald of Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • The large Advance-Rumley engine that students in the Rough & Tumble steam school get to operate during the course.
    Photo courtesy John Johnson and Reinhold Steigerwald of Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • Students in the classroom portion at the steam school put on by Rough & Tumble, where instructor Jim Conte teaches boiler chemistry.
    Photo courtesy John Johnson and Reinhold Steigerwald of Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • Mastering tricock operation at the Rough & Tumble steam school.
    Photo courtesy John Johnson and Reinhold Steigerwald of Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • Graduates of Rough & Tumble 2015 steam school.
    Photo courtesy John Johnson and Reinhold Steigerwald of Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.

Eight steam schools will put steam engines and education together this year for those new to the steam hobby or simply needing a refresher course.

The schools place particular emphasis on safety, focusing on the intricacies of safe operation and maintenance basics. Seasoned steam engineers offer instruction in classroom settings before moving onto hands-on instruction. Whether you are new to the hobby or an experienced veteran, these courses provide essential experience and lessons to help keep old iron working and safe for everyone involved. If you would like to attend a class, register soon, as classes tend to fill quickly! FC

Illinois

15th Annual Central States Threshermen’s Steam School
When:
June 4-5
Where:
Threshermen’s Reunion Park, Pontiac
Tuition:
$60 ($50 for additional family members)

The course is designed for beginning and intermediate engineers, with an emphasis on safe engine operation. Camping, coffee, donuts, lunch both days and all classroom materials are included. Class size is limited to 50; must register by May 1.



For more information: Doug Smith, 2695 E 1900 N Rd., Moweaqua, IL 62550; (217) 768-4853 (home) or (217)341-4987 (cell); email: smithtwenty@cebridge.net; www.threshermensreunion.org.

Iowa

Midwest Old Threshers Reunion Steam School
When:
April 30-May 1
Where:
Midwest Old Threshers show grounds, Mt. Pleasant
Tuition:
$75



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