| September/October 1951

  • Frick traction Engine

    Frick Company
  • Coreless Engine
    The Model built by Girard Kelley, Light street, Pa., with few tools and mostly from memory of what he had seen in a catalog.

  • Frick traction Engine
  • Coreless Engine

of Light street, Pa., builds a Model Steam Engine and we give his description of it here--

An early Frick traction equipped to run on rails for logging purposes. For some reason it never became popular. The locomotive seemed to be the popular type for this work. This picture is the courtesy of The Frick Company, Waynesboro, Pa., through their accommodating Advertising Manager, Mr. Terry Mitchell. This Model has a 1? inch piston aid a 1? inch stroke and an 8 inch flywheel. No castings were used.

The governor and main, body was modeled after a coreless engine. The cylinder was modeled from an old print I remembered seeing in a catalog. The piston uncovers several large ports in the lower half of the cylinder. There are also two rotary exhaust valves which complete the exhaust cycle. The intake slide valve is piston type.

The base is built up of 1/8 inch steel and soldered together.

I am only an amateur in the steam engine business. Have seen no more than 6 steam engines in my life time and cannot recall of ever seeing a steam traction engine.

I can really understand the fascination and interest of the old timers for this kind of equipment.