He's All Steamed Up About Engines For 50 Years a Labor of Love


| March/April 1972



Shiny new engine

TINKERING William C. Luss Sr., 79, puffs contentedly on his corn cob pipe while he tinkers with a shiny new engine he has built from scratch. On his workbench are several small gasoline and steam engines he put together with scrap metal. His hobby has l

Wm. C. Luss

This article appeared in the daily paper, The Buffalo Evening News, Hamburg, New York 14075. We thank the Buffalo Evening News for giving us permission to reprint the story and picture as it appeared on June 30, 1970. We thank Wm. C. Luss, 44-50 S. Buffalo St., Hamburg, N. Y. 14075 for sending it along.

The workshop at 50 S. Buffalo St. is a local landmark in the village of Hamburg because it represents the half-century-long love affair between William C. Luss and the steam engine.

'Yes sir, steam,' he nods with conviction, 'there's nothing like it smooth, quiet and clean.'

That passion for machinery in motion has led Mr. Luss, 78, to collect more than 50 ancient steam and gas engines. He has put each of them in working order.

All 50 can be found heaped amid the rubble of the workshop on S. Buffalo St.

'We get them from all over,' explains his son, William J. Luss, 53. 'Time was when these engines were a handy source of portable power for farm work. They could be rigged up to do anything from hauling water to sawin' wood,'