| March/April 1957

HAVE ONLY BEEN A Subscriber to your magazine for the last two years and therefore missed some of your articles sent in from eastern Canada before that time therefore believed there may be someone interested in the enclosed photo of a Waterloo 16 hp. engine which was taken this year at the Regina Golden Jubilee Exhibition by the Leader Post photographer.

Your magazine is certainly a very novel article and to many of us older engine fanciers it sure is tops. Wish it were published each week but then such might seriously interfere with duty since most things come to a stand-still for an hour or so when it arrives, so please keep up the good work.

This little Waterloo engine was built in June 1917 and is of the type commonly built for use in eastern Canada where most work was in the belt and with machinery working in barns, most of which were placed on high foundations with inclined driveways, so side mounted engines were almost a necessity and much the handier to operate. It was produced as a straw burner with the usual type straw-burner screen-top stack but I changed it over to a coal burner as you can see. It was sold New in 1926 at Hart Saskatchewan, and did some threshing there for a few seasons then was taken north to Nip a win where I found it late in 1954 after the death of the owner, brought it home here and spent all my spare time since then, and until exhibition time, renewing it. Displayed it together with a display from the Western Development Museum for the enjoyment of our old timers, this having been celebrating year for fiftieth birthday of our province.

Serial number of this engine is 1646, cylinder is 7?x10, boiler pressure was 165 lbs., 31? inch connecting rod, link valve gear, with most convenient adjustment features, driving a box-type valve of their own design. Firebox is 38x26x32 deep, forty one flues, thirty inch barrel, triple lap joint and the whole engine is almost like new, this due to it not being suitable for drawbar work in our loose western soil, but as a belt engine one could not find better, so snappy and lively. These engines have a novel adjustable exhaust nozzle operated by a hand-wheel from outside the smoke-box, a fine feature for change in jobs or change in fuels, four positions, and four different diameters.

I placed the gauge on the dome beside the whistle to be more out of the way and also welded cross angles to the bottoms of the platform sills in order to increase the depth of the two water tanks without increasing their over-all height, this gave it considerable more water capacity which was needed but otherwise the engine is renewed as issued from the factory. The lion's head (in relief) trade mark cast into the smoke box door is a work of art and since this picture was taken I have applied one of their old transfer trade mark emblems to each water tank. These really set her off and I am sorry I was unable to apply them in time to be included.

By this time someone may be wondering 'what prompted him to do that?' Well that story began in Ontario about 1900 when a little boy then two years old feasted on steam engines constantly for many years, or until he left home late in '16, and steam in that country was well on the way out. Unfortunately steam in our vicinity (Oakville) was the first to suffer and as there was little to encourage a thresherman's life in those parts, except the love of an engine, it became necessary to look elsewhere. Steam took me railroading of course, but not on the head end, that was just too tough in those days for my long back, but have maintained a close touch with steam throughout, taking a trip to see any of the old loves whenever an opportunity presented, and always with the thought 'oh if she were only mine and we had WORK to do'.