| March/April 1999

  • Case Special train
    The picture was sent to us in 1986 by the late Arthur P. Brigham
    Arthur P. Brigham

  • Case Special train

While going through our files, we found this photo of the 'Case Special' train heading for Oklahoma with a full load, who worked so tirelessly in promoting Case heritage with his wife Helen Case Brigham. Here is a brief description he had enclosed, which had been supplied by David Brukhardt, then director of communications and public affairs for the J. I. Case Company. (The original photo is in a display of memorabilia at the Company's headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin):

From 1898 to 1910, the J. I. Case Threshing Machine Company moved its products to customers and dealers throughout the U.S. in long Case Special trains.

Gaily decorated with flags and red, white and blue paint, the Specials moved slowly through the countryside, often stopping on route to entertain local towns people with music from a mighty steam calliope on board the train. At every stop Case employees handed out sales literature, farmer's almanacs, and promotional buttons with the Case eagle and globe trademark, as the people marveled at the powerful threshers and steam engines.

The two photographs, from the estate of James Coy Hood of Racine were donated to the J. I. Case Company archives by Ed Langlois, SPS division, Racine. They show a Case Special train on its way to Oklahoma (above), and another train arriving in Dallas, Texas, about 1901.


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