I REMEMBER...


| November/December 1981



Box 320, Rupert, Idaho 83350

I never before was an engine man as you nearly had to have an engine in the family to get familiar with them. However, I was 'water monkey' for one when I was about 15that's what they called the water wagon man in my neck of the woods. The outfit was a Case and I can smell the smoke and. oil from it yet and it still gives me a lift!

I used to like to listen to the Old Portland Rose leave Ogallala on frosty nights. The tracks were about twelve miles away, but it sounded like it was in the backyard when they cut loose with that whistle!

I never was near an engine blowup but an old man in Arkansas told me he witnessed one at a town in Missouri and that the boiler sailed right over the town!

I have put many a bundle through the old grinders and the best feeder I ever saw was a Garden City Extention Feeder made at Garden City, Kansas (I think).

My uncle, Joe McKillip, who was a born steam man and all-around mechanic plus an Army railroad engineer in France during World War I, used to tell a story and laugh about an outfit he was threshing with when he was a kid.