6 HP 1906 Champion
Father and son team Jack and Colin Beamish, Box 271, Hamiota Mb., Canada ROM 0T0, sent this great photo for this issue. The picture shows a 1911 Case 75 ready to move to its new home, having just been bought by Ron and Glenda Lawn of Isabella, Man., Canada. Standing on the trailer left to right are; Kurt Lawn, Colin Beamish, Ken May and Ron Lawn. Jack Beamish is the man standing on the ground. Colin says this engine was rescued by Ken May and Ken's father in 1967, when it was pulled from a swamp.
Joseph M. Hood, 9601 N. 100 E., Rushville, IN 46173, sent in some pictures of his 1906 Champion traction engine, and we felt they deserved some back page treatment. Featuring a vertical boiler and rated at a modest 6 HP, these were amongst the smallest traction engines made and are quite rare. Joseph writes:
'I recently purchased this little traction engine, made by the D. June Co. in Fremont, Ohio, around 1906 and called the 'Champion Traction.' I would like information on the D. June Co., which made traction engines as far back as 1899 (I have pictures of a 12 HP). They also made larger, regular traction engines, stationary boilers and stationary engines.
'This traction engine was found by a machinist in eastern Ohio in the late 1950s, and he decided to restore it. There was the upright boiler, horizontal steam engine, wood and steel frame, and some drive shafts and miscellaneous to work with. He made a new, all steel frame, restored the unit with better steel wheels and rebuilt and made necessary parts. He also made a cab for the engine.
'The boiler got new flues in the 1980s and the engine was rebuilt then. The engine was not run much after this because of the man's health, but he kept it under cover. I purchased the engine last year and have done a lot more work to it, and it is about ready to go now.
'My engine weighs about two tons without water. It has two water tanks; one on the rear and one under the engine up front. It has a coal hopper on the rear, and I have put rubber tractor tread on the rear wheels so I can run it on paved roads.
'I am a retired heavy industrial machinery repair serviceman, and I always wanted a steam engine - now I can play.'