All Aboard The D S M & W Line For The Ride Of Your Life


| May/June 1988



Worthington steam powered air compressor

Photo courtesy of Ark Valley News.

Ark Valley News

RR #3, Box 184, Valley Center, Kansas, 67147

Taking a ride on the five-eights scale model of a 1918 Baldwin Steam Locomotive offers a ride into the past. The narrow guage locomotive, engineered by Dane Hutcherson and Jim Vogt, circles the entire show grounds and offers a general overview of all activities and exhibits.

One then needs to do some walking to experience a closer view of exhibits and activities. The flag raising is accompanied by the singing of the National Anthem plus roaring cannons and gun salutes. Airplanes pass over and radio controlled airplanes offer a show for your enjoyment. The many craft booths and concessions can satisfy your curiosity for browsing or filling up that empty feeling.

Mr. Zimmerman of Sedgewick, KS skillfully operates the Worthington steam powered air compressor.

The newest attraction this past year was the addition of a 1894 Herschell Spillman Steam Carousel. Jerry Ottaway of Wichita ownes this magnificent piece of equipment. Jerry, along with his dad, Herb Ottaway, and son Scott spent many, many hours this past year getting this carousel into fully functional operation. The beautiful band organ held many people spellbound as the snare drum, bass drum, cymbals and brass pipe played many memorable tunes.

To mention all people or all exhibits would be impossible. The photos will hopefully provide more insight. Many people in our community as well as from great distances assist with our annual Labor Day weekend show. We thank them all and appreciate the help and support so very much.