George White Steam Engine Identified by Eagle-eyed Canadian Reader

Spalding's Corner: Looking for clues to mystery engines

| July/August 2006

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    Another steam engine presents another challenge to Steam Traction readers. Readers of the Spalding's Corner column could try to identify the engine and win a copy of Prof. P.F. Rose's Steam Engine Guide.

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Last issue’s “mystery” engine was a bit of a head-scratcher, with only two correct answers. The first came from Paul Barrett who, hailing from London, Ontario, Canada, might have a built-in advantage. Paul writes:

“I believe the engine is an early George White. My reasons to believe this are the disc wheel wrist pin oiler commonly used on a George White, and the tool box decal is oval like the George White. And if you look behind the chimney, you can make out a small gear commonly used on an Acorn oiler, which George White used on their early engines. This engine looks to be about 1900s vintage.”

Frederick Sheppard, Brimley, Mich., also recognized the engine, writing: “In regards to Spalding’s Corner mystery engine in the May/June issue, I believe the engine is a George White & Sons Co. of London, Ontario, Canada.

“Great job with Steam Traction, I enjoy it very much.”

This month’s mystery engine comes, as usual, courtesy of John Spalding, 112 Carriage Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075 (

This is another lesser-known engine, and the first person to correctly identify it gets a free copy of Prof. P.F. Rose’s Steam Engine Guide. Good steaming!