A Hobby of the Murphys


| July/August 1999


911 Accommodation Road Wilmington, Ohio 45177

Fred Sewell took this picture at the Clinton County Antique Power Club's show in Wilmington, Ohio. Left to right are brothers Warren 'Charlie,' Glenn 'Speed,' Maxwell 'Mackie' Murphy brothers, was absent from the picture. Read about the Murphys in this issue.

In 1973, Glenn 'Speed' made a deal for he and his brothers to purchase a two cylinder 7 x 10 Frick steam engine. This was our first engine, so we had a lot to learn.

The arrival of the engine was greeted by many in the Murphy family at the home of 'Speed,' just a stone's throw from the junction of Interstate 71 and U.S. 68. We were anxious for our first project, that was to drive the engine to my farm some seventeen miles away to do some threshing of wheat. This trip took a whole day with a small problem steam! Our fire was very sluggish with just enough steam to run on.

The next day I took a look inside the smoke box to find the problem the exhaust nozzle was gone. I cobbled one up and installed it. The next time it was fired up, there was enough steam to run it. This was quite an improvement, so a permanent nozzle was made and my son, Wayne, welded it on. One problem solved!

Another small problem demanded our attention. The valves needed to be reset, so here we go Maynard Harris, a friend of the family (older, wiser and with steam engine experience), was on one side and I was on the other. Speed sat on a little red wagon reading the instructions from a book. But the instructions were not working. Speed was reading about a one-cylinder engine we had a two-cylinder. We asked him to close the book so we could finish. Job well done!






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