Getting young people interested in steam engines

Carrying on the steam engine tradition in Great Britain


| July/August 1979



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An idea to encourage young persons to carry on the steam traction engine tradition through a new organization in Great Britain, could be of interest to Iron-Men in this country too.

The organization is the Steam Apprentice Club, which will cater to those 12 to 18 years old. Announcement of the formation was made in Steaming, magazine of the National Traction Engine Club. Much interest was shown in having a club like this, in a survey taken during the 1978 rally season.

John Wharton is chairman; Sylvia Berth-Jones is secretary, Margaret Joachim is editor of the newsletter which will be sent to members of the new club, as well as publicity director.

One of the best sets of museum displays of interest to steam traction engine collectors can be seen at the Science Museum, in London. During a recent visit, we went through it from top to bottom and could have spent a week there examining all the displays.

Among the exhibits are some dealing with farm machinery, as well as with the progress of methods of tillage over the centuries.

There are also many other kinds of things to see models of boats and ships, old time aircraft, an 1880 bathroom, deep sea diving equipment, apparatus for splitting atoms, and other scientific items large and small.