2012 Steam Schools

For a new hobby this year, try steam school to learn all about steam traction engines.

| February 2012

  • Steam School Students
    Steam students rest after a day of hard (but fun!) work at the 2011 Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn. Steam School.
    Courtesy Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • Rough & Tumble
    Chugging along at the Rough & Tumble grounds in Kinzers, Pa. 
    Courtesy Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • Class of 2011
    The Rough & Tumble Steam School class of 2011.
    Courtesy Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • Hands-On Experience
    Students get hands-on experience with steam engines at the Rough & Tumble steam school. 
    Courtesy Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • 1908 Avery
    A 1908 Avery gets a cleaning.
    Courtesy Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • Kelly-Springfield Road Roller
    One of Rough & Tumble’s steam school instructors cleans a Kelly-Springfield Road Roller.
    Courtesy Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.
  • Advance-Rumely and A.D. Baker
    Advance-Rumely and A.D. Baker steam engines get a work out in Kinzers.
    Courtesy Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn.

  • Steam School Students
  • Rough & Tumble
  • Class of 2011
  • Hands-On Experience
  • 1908 Avery
  • Kelly-Springfield Road Roller
  • Advance-Rumely and A.D. Baker

It’s never too late to take up a new hobby. So this year, why not try steam? Nine organizations will hold steam schools in 2012, so whether you’re new to the hobby, or just want to stay on top of your game, one of these schools will definitely fit the bill.

The courses are taught by experienced steam engineers and focus on safety, operation and maintenance through classroom instruction and hands-on experience. Registration is required, and make sure to register early as classes fill up quickly. And why wouldn’t they? Operating a historic steam traction engine, taking in the sights and smells at a beautiful club’s grounds – there’s no better way to experience old iron than this.

Illinois

12th Annual Central States Thresherman’s Reunion Steam School
When:
May 12-13
Where: Thresherman’s Reunion Park, Pontiac
Tuition: $50 ($40 for additional family members)

The course is designed for beginning and intermediate engineers, with an emphasis on safe engine operation. Camping, coffee, donuts and lunch both days are included. Class size is limited to 50.



For more information: David Schott, 620 S. Vermillion St., Pontiac, IL 61764; (815) 842-3129; email: dj2shot@frontier.com.

Iowa

Midwest Old Threshers Reunion Steam School
When:
May 5-6
Where: Midwest Old Threshers show grounds, Mt. Pleasant
Tuition: $50