50 HP Frick Portable Steam Engine

The Nafe family's 1938 50 HP Frick portable steam engine


| July/August 2000



1938 50 HP Frick portable steam engine

1938 50 HP Frick portable steam engine

This 1938 50 HP Frick portable engine has been in the Nafe family for many years. It was purchased about thirty years ago by Manny Nafe of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. The engine needed extensive boiler work, and was restored by Randy Nafe, Manny's grandson. The shingle mill was built by the Chase Turbine Manufacturing Company of Orange, Massachusetts, patented 1889. It was restored by Dean Nafe.

The Nafe family exhibit at Mason-Dixon Historical Society Steam & Gas Round-up in Westminster, Maryland, the Maryland Steam Historical Society Show in Arcadia, Maryland, and at several York, Pennsylvania, shows.

Grandfather Manny Nafe also owned a 9 x 10 Frick which he bought at Rough and Tumble sometime ago. It is now being restored and will be ready to show soon.