IN ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE YOUNG


| July/August 1971



County House Road Mt. Royal, New Jersey 08061

Although I am a person over 50 years old, I feel I must support the writings of the young Mr. Jones of Torque Models.

It is a great relief to know that there will be in the future, a few of the younger generation who will not allow the old steam engine to disappear completely. It is inevitable of course that someday in the near future the boilers of these wonderful old machines will be no longer serviceable, and with todays tremendous costs of manufacture, I doubt if many will ever get reboilered. To save one from the junk man one might cut out the fire box and put an old one lunger inside. Whether this is practical, I don't know.

As far as models, they may be the only steaming engines that can be run at reunions in years to come. Our shows get larger each year and we see an increase in models so young men like Mr. Jones are going to be greatly needed. I trust though that he will dispense with aluminum; except for minor parts, and turn to the more appropriate brass for cylinder blocks, valves and so on.

People talk of the generation gap, and you know there is one. Have you noticed at reunions, the lack of young men in the 30's. How does this come about and why?? It is hard to answer. Perhaps it is the fantasy of the boob tube, and every machine being useless unless it is a maze of gimmicks. Here the poor old steam jenny doesn't stand a chance. You cannot get across to them that a machine built with good fundamentals doesn't need gimmicks.

Today thank goodness, we are beginning to see several young men of the under 30 group joining up with us oldies and listening to what we have to say. I find no lack of communication here; when you are passing good sound information they are eager to listen. One young fellow told me he wanted, down to earth information, not cloud nine stuff. They may have long hair but so did our grandfathers, and I well remember mine and he would run a mile to get 'turned on' by the sound of an old traction engine. I have built steam models for the past 30 years and I am just offering them a little encouragement.