ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN STEAM TRACTION ENGINES


| January/February 1977

  • Jack Norbeck
    Jack Norbeck
  • Lane & Bodley steam traction engine
    The Lane & Bodley steam traction engine was built by Lane & Bodley Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio. Lane & Bodley Co., was established in 1851 and was Incorporated as a stock company in 1876. The company was started by H. M. Lane and J. T. Bodley. Very little is
  • 22 HP Keck-Gonnerman Engine
    This Is a 1923 model 19 or 22 HP Keck-Gonnerman single, rear-geared engine. It used the Miller reverse for single engine, with a variable cut off. AU the engines were equipped with a very simple and accurate balance valve of K-G design.
  • Farquar steam traction engine
    A. B. Farquar steam traction engine was built in 1885 at York, Pa. This engine used the locomotive type boiler. A. B. Farquhar bold his agricultural implements all around the globe.
  • 12 HP Case Steam Traction Engine
    A 12 HP Case steam traction engine as pictured in an 1897 J. I. Case Co. catalog.
  • Harrison Jumbo steam traction engine
    The 20 HP Harrison Jumbo steam traction engine was provided with an Injector, ejector and cross-head pump, so arranged that feed water could be drawn from a barrel on the ground, from the head tank into the boiler, or from the water wagon into the head ta
  • 8 HP Aultman-Taylor
    This 8 HP Aultman-Taylor was built in 1905 by Aultman-Taylor Machinery Co. of Mansfield, Ohio. This engine is a betel gear compensating type.

  • Jack Norbeck
  • Lane & Bodley steam traction engine
  • 22 HP Keck-Gonnerman Engine
  • Farquar steam traction engine
  • 12 HP Case Steam Traction Engine
  • Harrison Jumbo steam traction engine
  • 8 HP Aultman-Taylor

Jack Norbeck traveled more than 50,000 miles getting information for his Encyclopedia of American Steam Traction Engines.

For eight years he devoted his free time to this project, visiting 45 shows ranging from Ontario in the north to Florida in the south to Iowa in the west.

The result was worth the effort.

The book is a pictorial history of North America steam traction engines, the 320 pages containing more than 1,200 photographs. Every known American and Canadian engine builder is detailed and illustrated.



Of real value to steam engine enthusiasts is a 14-page directory of shows held throughout the United States and Canada, effective 1975. Also included are addresses to which to write for information about shows in Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland and New Zealand.

Norbeck lists steam engine manufacturers from A to Z, with a short history of each firm and pictures of engines they have built. There are thumbnail sketches of the founders of some firms. If you ever wondered how a particular business began and managed to survive, or not, this book is a good source of information.