16 Year Old Restores & Runs Traction Engine

| July/August 1973

  • Traction engine
    The engine as it sat when we bought it at Malmo, Nebraska.
  • Traction engine
    Picture is the engine after it was restored and painted. Carl is on the right and his father is on the left. Courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. John Russell Johnson, Route 2, Wayne, Nebraska 68787
    Mr. and Mrs. John Russell Johnson

  • Traction engine
  • Traction engine

Route 2, Wayne, Nebraska 68787


Carl Johnson of Wayne, Nebraska is 16 years old, and has always been a steam enthusiast. He always went to the steam engine reunions that Ray Magnuson of Allen, Nebraska held. Every chance he had, he would operate one of the smaller steam engines that was on the show. He read all the steam books he could obtain, plus two original Engineer guides published in 1903 and 1909. He obtained any Iron-Men Album Magazines he could. When he was 11 years old, he began building a steam engine, and has it fairly well completed.

In January of 1972, he located this steamer on a farm place near Malmo, Nebraska. It had been setting since 1964, and was in restorable condition.

The boiler was in excellent condition, and still has the original jacket and bands on it. It has 38 - 2' inch flues by 6'6' long. The heating surface of the boiler is 308 sq. ft., and has eight square feet of grate surface. The boiler is locomotive style, with round bottom, butt strap high pressure, and coal or wood fired.

The engine is single cylinder, side crank, with 81/!' bore and 10' stroke. It is equipped with Wolf valve gear and D slide valve. The engine R.P.M. is 200 and develops 52 H.P. on the belt. The flywheel diameter is 40' with 14&' face. The drawbar H.P. is 16. The drive wheels are 6' in diameter with 18' face.


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