E. B.

| July/August 1996

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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.


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