Hayride: Courtesy of our Reeves

| September/October 1978

1125 Smithland Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176

Enclosed are some pictures of our 1/2 scale 25 HP double simple Reeves Steam engine. It is 11' 1' long, 60' wide and 6' 2' to top of the stack. The rear wheels are 38' x 12' wide, front wheels are 24' x 6' wide -3' bore, 6' stroke. Rear tank holds 40 gallons and the side tanks hold 20 gallons each. Boiler carries 150# steam, has two injectors and weighs 4800 pounds all loaded with coal and water. Everything but plumbing was built in our shop.

I started on this engine January 1, 1974, and had it at the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana at Rushville, Indiana on August 1, 2, 3, 1975. It was so new that the lettering was still wet when we unloaded at the show grounds the night before. The 1st and 2nd were beautiful days with lots of people but it rained over 3' Saturday night and continued to rain all day Sunday.

We also had our engine at the Shelby County Pioneer Craft Fair October 4, and 5, 1975. However, we were only there the 4th. We had prior commitments on the 5th. This show is just what its' name implies.

The most fun we had with the engine though was on October 12, 1975, better known here as the day 'THE OVER THE HILL CROWD' had a hay ride. It was one of those spur of the minute things. We decided to do it on Saturday the 11th.

It all started pretty early the next morning. We had loaded the engine on the trailer Saturday night. All Mary, my good wife, and I had to do Sunday morning was to build a fire and drive over into Rush County to the Wallace Wissing farm. Arriving there about 8:00 A.M., Wallace and Marge were already preparing for the day, which was beautiful, all over sunshine and color. We had asked a few friends to come take a ride through the woods pasture behind the little steam engine.