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1912 European two cylinder portable steam engine used on Carousel in Amsterdam, Holland, till 1959 when Blount bought the Carousel and engine and had them shipped over here. This will be in service later after boiler is rebuilt. Steam gauge is calibrated
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A number of folks have mentioned, in their correspondence with us, the Dissinger tractor. Hence we reproduce a picture of it. It is a 1908. They were not made but for a few years -- especially the tractor. It was made by C. H. A. Dissinger & Bro., Wrights

535 S. E. 14th Street Oklahoma City 9, Oklahoma

I have been a reader of your wonderful magazine for the past
seven years, but I never see anything in the ALBUM from this neck
of the woods, so I will try to write something, mainly to let the
folks know that Oklahoma is still on the map.

I have been very much interested in the articles on valve gears
and I notice there is some difference of opinion on this subject.
Now I am not writing this to get into an argument and I am not
taking sides with anyone, but I just want to tell Mr. Blaker and
one or two others that I have enjoyed their writing and get a lot
of good out of it and those of you who take the Steam Engine
magazine printed in California have no doubt read the articles on
valve gears by Mr. B. B. Brown. I also got a lot out of his
writing.

It is things like this that make the magazines worth while. I
hope we can have more of it. Some of us ‘old boys’ have
handled engines most of our lives, but still don’t claim to
know all about them. I, for one, am willing to learn. I have
handled about a dozen different makes of engines with several
different kinds of valve gears and I am not going to stick my neck
out and say that any one valve gear was better than all the
rest.

I think that most of you will agree that the Baker was the best
valve gear ever put on a locomotive, but whether it was best on a
traction is something else again. There is another angle to be
considered. Have you thought about how many different kinds of
valves were used on different engines? What I mean — a valve that
would work perfectly with one kind of valve gear might not work so
perfectly with another kind. I would like to know what some of you
experts think about that.

I am surprised that Mr. Hutzell would wonder about being able to
keep the steam up in a Case under full load in 1912. I was working
for the old Geiser Company in their branch house at Springfield,
Missouri, just before they sold out to Emerson Brantingham, and
during that time there was a carnival came to town and stayed about
a week. They had a 25 hp Peerless engine which they used to pull a
dynamo to light the carnival grounds. We loaned them a 25 Peerless
to use while we overhauled their engine. They said they could tell
by the dynamo how much power the engine was putting out. They said
it was pulling a 56 hp load and that was more than twice the rated
hp of the engine and it had to do that without a stop from five in
the evening until seven the next morning and seven nights a week,
and I think a Case or any other good engine would do the same
thing.

Now, just a word about the Advance engine with the Marsh reverse
or valve gear. They were good engines as they were easy steamers
and easy to keep up, but it was not the Marsh valve gear that made
them that way. They would have been just as good with most any
other valve gear. I never liked them though, for the same reason I
never liked any side-mounted engine. You could not steer them on a
slick road or in soft ground and most of them would rear up and
stand on their hind feet. Give me a rear mount every time!

And about this matter of HOOKING UP. The object in hooking-up
was not to regulate the speed as Mr. Hutzell seems to think. The
way I see it, the only object in hooking up would be to economize
on fuel and water — and in the old days we never thought of
economy. All we thought of was getting the job done and getting on
to the next job and ‘hang’ the expense. Most engines had
valve gears that could be hooked up, but there wasn’t an
engineer out of a dozen who ever thought of hooking-up. For one
thing the engine was usually under full load and there was no
reason to hook up.

The only time I remember hooking-up was when I ran a 12 hp Jumbo
engine in Missouri pulling a Keystone well-drill. A drill does not
take much power in the belt and I usually hooked up a couple
notches, but when moving the old Keystone drill with the trap wagon
tied on behind made a full load for the engine to drag over the
hills.

Well — I think I have about run down — if this escapes the
waste-basket it will be a miracle.

I see where some of the writers are in favor of making the ALBUM
a monthly. Man! I could stand one every week.

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