| November/December 1968

3746 Winter Garden Road,Orlando, Florida 32805

These photos were taken at Bradenton, Florida, where Florida's first engine show was held February 10 and 11, this year.

The show's imposing title was 'Florida American Royal Gas-Steam Round Up', and what it lacked in weight was made up in enthusiasm. For a first show, it was an excellent, well-worth seeing one. I consider that my 250 mile round trip to see it was amply justified.

I took no notes (which I now regret), so will give you general impressions. First, in the full size class, it was a gas engine show, though I had heard hopeful remarks preceding the show that 4 or 5 big steamers would be there.

But Philip Laudon's Russell is so perfectly proportioned, and so handsomely built (the best I've seen anywhere) that actually it qualifies to run in the Big League. The two photos of it enclosed should be viewed together, for, viewed separately, it doesn't occur to one that he is looking at a miniature, though not so small a one, either.

Three views of the Russell are enclosed. Descriptions of each are taped to the back of each.


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