Engine Brings Back Memories

| May/June 1990

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17424 Rock Creek Road, Nevada City, California 95959.

I thought this photo might be of interest to the readers of IMA.

I attended the steam meet at Gerber near Red Bluff, California. When they let me crack the throttle on this old beauty, I swear a cloak of some sixty years slipped right off my back.

Surely, I must have been hatched at the best of all times (1910). So many of the' 'take for granted' things around us today were then in the embryonic stage and I was able to see so many of them develop and expand.

I refer to that golden era of steam, both on the rail and in the field, the upcoming of the auto, the telephone, radio, sliced bread and wrapping material that you can see through(!), to name a few. And, probably the greatest of all, picture and sound traveling through space and coming into my living room in a square picture, in color no less!

How much our young people have to enjoy, and how much they have missed. I would not trade my own experience of sitting on a J.I. Case engine running a Red River separator on a 90 degree day for a trip to the moon! I think I must have been about six years old.