BIT ON THE BRYANT

R.D. 2, Galveston, Indiana 46932

I see on page 22 of May-June 68 issue you ask about the Bryant
steam tractor. I saw one at Indiana State Fair. They also had a big
truck and a car with that same kind of boiler and engine in all
three. They were made at Peru, Indiana in the 1920’s.

As far as I know, they quit in early 1930’s during the
depression years. I never saw one in use but it looked like a
powerful machine and in cold weather could be filled with cold
water and steamed up in 15 minutes or less and would not freeze
while on road. I didn’t see the tractor run but the truck was
going. No noise, no vibration. Of course, it often took me longer
than that to start my Ford.

I also notice some of the late Advance engines are on a Rumely
boiler. And the Gaar-Scott with rear mounted steel wheels are on
Rumely wheels and boilers. They are Gaar-Scott-Rumely.

I was told Gaar-Scott was the best low pressure engine known in
this part of corn belt, and they had good boilers too. The man I
worked with said the return flue boiler drew better than straight
flue. I had an old Advance. It steamed good enough but that valve
gear was only a time gear. Often I wanted more steam in cylinder
but couldn’t get it. To slow it down to a stop, it would rock
instead of stop when steam was up 1 couldn’t have any. I bought
the Aultman-Taylor no. 9178 and never wanted to bother the Advance
again.

I ran several others, but I liked A & T the best. They are
gone to the junkyards long ago.

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