FOUND THIS OLD STEAMER

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The J. C. Hoadley Company engine, of Lawrence, Mass., given by M. Glass, 8018 Quartz Avenue, Canoga Park, California, who gives a brief description of it elsewhere.

8018 Quartz Avenue, Canoga Park, California

Enclosed is a photo that I thought you might be interested in. I
found this old steamer in Carson City, Nevada, and is now the
property of Roy Boswell, same city, who is accumulating a Railroad
Museum.

I don’t know much about the ‘old critter’ but here
goes for all I, know about her. It was the property of the Virginia
and Truckee Railway of Nevada; and used by them for sawing wood (or
possibly lumber or some kinda’ saw work anyway).

It is a very peculiar old girl, as to her design. There is no
apparent steam dome, unless it is incorporated in the steam chest
of the engine cylinder (maybe it is). The safety valve sticks up
out of the top of the engine cylinder like a sore thumb. The top of
the boiler directly under the crankshaft is dented or dimpled down
to clear the crank throw. Looks like the engine was made without
enough thought or designing beforehand (or possibly somebody
goofed??).

The engine is of the center throw type with governor
incorporated in the flywheel.

Some of the parts are missing and more damaged, so don’t
think she will ever be steamed again, or at least not for a long
time anyway.

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