Dodge Steam Engine

| September/October 1987

P. O. Box 5 7, Forest Ranch, CA 95942

These are pictures of our Dodge steam engine. We bought the engine in January of 1985 having only seen pictures and made a few phone calls to Kentucky from California.

In April the weather got good, so off we went to get our prize making a two week trip with lots of help, both labor and parts from Frank Ferguson (also an old engine nut). The boiler came from a friend in Red Bluff, CA, it is small for the engine, but it does run the engine quite well at slow speeds for shows. The first steam came in January of 1986.

Here are some statistics: Patented August 2,1892, serial number 0025.10 inch bore, 12 in chstroke, balanced type valve, five foot flywheel, flywheel face 12 inches. Crankshaft diameter 4 inches, Gardiner 2 inch governor, 75 HP manufactured in Mishawka, Indiana by Dodge Manufacturing Company, used in the distillery of Henry McKenna in Fairfield, KY from the time it was new until 1943 when Seagrams bought the distillery and continued use of the engine until 1973. The engine was used to turn a 14,000 gallon cooking pot and a shaker.