View of the Dake 'square-piston'' stationary steam engine. Courtesy of Ed Richards, Wawota, Saskatchewan, Canada
Wawota, Saskatchewan, Canada
I have been a faithful reader of the Iron Men magazine for the past several years and I look forward to each new issue. My interest in older gasoline and steam engines stems from many years of experience operating and repairing these mechanical devices. About a dozen years ago I began to collect tractors and engines of the stationary type and started to restore them in my spare time. When I retired from farm work, I expanded my collection by including automobiles and various farm implements and have since devoted my time to restoring my collection.
One of the more unique items included in my collection, of which I am enclosing two photographs, is a Dake 'square-piston' stationary steam engine. Steam at 100 P.S.I., is used to bear against a piston surface area 2'x7' and with a stroke of 2', develops approximately 5 H.P. This engine was used for pumping water into the tender of a large traction engine. With the piston being rectangular it requires careful shimming to achieve a satisfactory steam seal between the piston and the block. I understand that there are only a few examples of this style of steam engine in existence today, and I would be delighted to correspond with anyone who has had some experience with one of these engines.
My collection also includes a George White 28-80 steam traction engine, a 12-20 Heider, a 27-44 Twin city, a 16-30 Rumley Oil Pull, a 10-20 Titan, a 17-30 Minneapolis B and many others. My stationary gas engines, numbering approximately 160 in all, includes a 5 H.P. Sitckney, a 25 H.P. Marshall, and a Fuller and Johnson VA. H.P. pumping unit. I have also been restoring a 1914 Model T. Ford car. The car runs well now and I have taken it for several short jaunts.
I enjoy visiting with other collectors and would welcome anyone who wished to drop in to see me when they are in my area.