| November/December 1976

Route 1, Box 97, Bunker Hill, West Virginia 25413

On July 23, 24 and 25 the Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association held its 16th annual steam and gas engine show at the Clarke County Ruritan Club Grounds on Route 7 one mile west of Berryville, Virginia. We are one of few shows to have well-shaded grounds. As in the past several years the weatherman has cooperated with us and one of the finest and largest shows in the history of the club was put forth.

This year the traction engines consisted of Frick, both single and double cylinder, Farquhar, Peerless, Case and Russell. We had one engine there for the first time belonging to Burchell Wiley of Bluemont, Virginia. This engine had not been run in nearly 35 years. Mr. Wiley did a fine job on restoring and painting the engine.

Our tractor and model displays were very impressive. One of the main attractions in the model building was a model Shay locomotive built by George W. Giles of Winchester, Virginia. This engine is patterned after those in Cass, West Virginia, a past logging town. Mr. Giles hopes to have the engine ready for rides for the kids (from 1 to 101) at the 1977 show.

The gas engine display was the largest ever and was very neatly arranged. A special thanks to Ed Sine of Front Royal, Virginia for roping this area off for safety precautions and neatness.

The flea markets and craft houses were full and provided hours of browsing for many.


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