R.D. l, Box 113D Glen Rock, Pennsylvania 17327
Hello! My name is Ben Lucabaugh. I am 13 years old. I live in Glenville, Pennsylvania.
My dad has an 8 x 10 Frick traction engine. My grandfather, William Lucabaugh, has three steam engines: a 9 x 10 Frick, a U Peerless and a 50 HP Peerless. I want to have a 9 x 10 one day. I get to drive and fire all of them but the 'U' it isn't up yet.
E.B. is a 50 HP Emerson-Brantigham Peerless, serial #18286. E. B. was made in either 1922 or 1923 at Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. The engine came from Scranton, Pennsylvania. In Scranton the engine sat out in the weather for forty years.
By the time my grandfather got it home, the stack and water tanks had fallen off. The smoke box was rusting away. The connecting rod was unhooked, so the engine wouldn't be damaged. The roof was rotted away. There were only a few brackets left and there were only a few deteriorated boards left from the platform. When my grandfather brought it home, he put it behind his shop where it sat out for sixteen years.
In the summer of 1993, my dad and I 'got a bug' to see if it could be fixed. It took a 190 Allis Chalmers to move the old girl out of her holes. When we got E. B. to the shop, she wouldn't go in. We had to take off the governor and the main steam valve. We had to pull the engine out of the shop at least a dozen times.
The first time we pulled the engine out we made a new valve shaft out of stainless steel. We put all new flues in. We also had tanks and a stack made. It took us a few weeks to rivet the water tanks.
We painted for what seemed like months, and painted just about everything. We even painted the boiler. The color scheme is red, yellow, and green. We even did our own pin striping.
On Good Friday 1994, E. B. was pulled out of the shop. She didn't have a roof yet. We had ideas of what it should look like. With the roof, she looked dignified.
E. B. sat in a shed for a year, when we pulled the counter shaft out along with the confiscating gear. One of the other times we pulled her out, we took the whole engine off. You might think that we could, but our loader tractor could barely pick the engine off. When back in the shop, we cut the smoke box off so we could put a new one on. We went to her first show. It was September 7, 1995, when she left for the Mason Dixon Historical Society. She had come a long way from when she was bought by my grandfather!