| March/April 1987

Box 94, Rt 1 Nashville, IL 62263

Already well publicized, the 1987 Pawnee Show will be even better. It leads the world of steam shows in emphasis on active steam traction engine exhibits. Every steam and tractor show has the do nothing exhibits. All too often steam engines just sit and smoke away without moving out of their assigned parking spot, except for the parade may be. At Pawnee they nearly all do something to show activity. Even the engines that are not fully restored to perform under load move about the grounds with pride.

Then there are a large number of engines at Pawnee operated by the knowledgeable and active engineers who put on the excellent show with both tractors and steam engines. The star of the show is the star for several reasons. He is an excellent knowledgeable engineer with great skill; he operates as near perfect a steam engine as one can find; he performs the difficult and most widely known engine demonstration from the steam traction engine period of history; he in addition to all of that is one of the nicest men you can find. You readers must surely know that man's name, Chuddy Attebury of Blackwell, Oklahoma. Right along with Chuddy there are a large number of very knowledgeable, interested and active engine and tractor men at Pawnee. They range in age from high school onwards. Some of these names are Kenneth Kelly, Floyd Kelly, Don Messing, Lyman Knapp, Harold Ottaway, Ivan Burns, the Martens bros., David and Henry, Steve Dunn, Dave Bonnet, Dale Wolf and many others.

This article tells of the Prony Brake activity at Pawnee, which is located adjacent to the famous Case Hill Climb event. At the 1986 show many tractor and steam engines performed on the brake at various levels. Some performed at part load and others at full load. Data was collected on 37 tractors, models and steam engines as they operated on the brake. It was indeed a very popular event at the Pawnee Show.

Before writing further about the Pawnee Show, a few facts are here written for clarification about the Prony Brake. Much is said against the Prony Brake while at the same time those saying it praise the Baker Fan.

Here are some truths of the matter:


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