A Trip to See Some Engines

| July/August 1983

712 Chaps Road, S.E., Rio Rancho, NM 87124. 505-892-8925.

Joe Richardson, Orofino, Idaho and his Case 80 HP steamer at his lumber mill. He has three smaller and one larger engines among many other antiques, all beautifully restored.

In 1975, my wife and I made a trip from Twin Falls, Idaho up to northern Idaho and back through eastern Wasington.

We visited Joe and Marie Richardson at Orofino, Idaho. Joe has a large collection of antique equipment including several late model Case traction engines; 110, 80, 65, 50 and 6 HP portable. Joe has done a super job in restoring his engines. He puts on his own steam engine show each year. The last time I attended his show, Joe hosted a dinner dance party at the luxurious Konkolville Steakhouse & Lounge with a 21-piece band. Joe paid the entire bill for his 172 evening guests. The next evening he hosted and paid for another dinner party at the same place. One of Joe's friends, Clarence Young of Great Falls, Montana, bought my 1915 Case 65 3-piece steam outfit in 1974.

Next stop was the mining town of Wallace, Idaho. We spent several days in Wallace with Everett Rohrer who lives in Englewood, Colorado. Everett was using his steam train of 10 cars in filming the MGM movie 'Heaven's Gate' starring Kris Kristofferson.

Everett Rohrer and Mel Kestler with Everett's #75. The appearance of the loco is changed for movies. The smoke stack is put on right over the regular one. The pilot is installed over the original.


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