2014 Steam Schools

Steam schools inspire safe operation & care of steam engines.

| February 2014

  • Students were given the opportunity to operate a railroad steam engine at the 2013 Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn. Steam School with Instructor Dennis Hornberger (right).
    Photo by John Johnson
  • Steam school has multi-generational appeal: Two father-and-son teams attended the 2013 Rough & Tumble steam school.
    Photo by John Johnson
  • Tubes are cleaned by Instructor Rob Donley on this unique vertical boiler at the 2013 Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn. Steam School in Kinzers, Pa.
    Photo by John Johnson
  • Rough & Tumble’s 2013 graduating class.
    Photo by John Johnson
  • Students run a steam traction engine owned by Rough & Tumble on a Baker fan.
    Photo by John Johnson

Tired of being just a steam engine spectator? Seven steam schools in 2014 will offer training that will allow you to take part in the fun or enhance your existing skills.

Steam schools offer hands-on experience as well as classroom instruction from experienced steam engineers dedicated to instilling lessons in safe operation and maintenance of steam engines. This is your chance to help carry on an exciting tradition of yesteryear. There are tubes to be cleaned, whistles to be blown, diplomas to be earned and more. But be sure to register early — courses tend to fill quickly. FC

Did we miss your club’s steam school? Contact Matt Kelly at mkelly@ogdenpubs.com or 1-800-682-4704 to get your club included in future listings.


14th Annual Central States Threshermen’s Steam School
When: May 17-18
Where: Threshermen’s Reunion Park, Pontiac
Tuition: $50 ($40 for additional family members)

The course is designed for beginning and intermediate engineers, with emphasis on safe engine operation. Camping, coffee, donuts, lunch both days and all classroom materials are included. Class size is limited to 40; must register by May 1.

For more information: Bob Stadsholt, 2102 Woodbine Rd, Bloomington, IL 61704; (309) 452-8223 (home) or (309) 838-9902 (cell); email: bstads@comcast.net.


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