Iron Man Of the Month


| November/December 1972

  • 22-65 Case
    Forrest Cunningham loves steam engines so much, it appears he might be carressing the big cylinder of this 22-65 Case. He is equally at home on either a thresh engine or a steam locomotive where he served as fireman on the L & N Railroad, around World Wa
    Joe Fahnestock
  • L & N steam locomotive
    An L & N steam locomotive that I used to fire and run before they dieselized. Number H400 4-8-2, Class L-1, cylinders 27 X 30, 70 inch drivers. Weight on drivers is 226,400 lbs. Total engine weight 334,240. Boiler pressure 210 lbs. Tractive effort lbs. 55
    Joe Fahnestock
  • Methodist Steam Engine
    Methodist Sunday School Teacher is congratulated by Methodist Sunday School Superintendent. The bearded Earl Edward Holmes of Chestnut, Illinois (Spark Plug of Sept-Oct. Gas Engine Magazine) shakes the hand of Methodist Steam Engine Brotherhood with Forre
    Douglas A. McConnell
  • Minneapolis wooden body Separator
    Many memories linger in the old Minneapolis wooden body Separator, 32 X 56, For Iron-Man, Forrest Cunningham. He belts it to the Case at the Blue Grass Show, Harrodsburg, Kentucky. It's a relic from his old threshing days. The other photo shows Forrest,
    Joe Fahnestock
  • American-Abel I of 1911, 28 Hp'
    These steamers are seen at the Western Development Museum of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Steamer in lead is an American-Abel I of 1911, 28 Hp. Courtesy of Douglas A. McConnell, Box 575, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada.
    Douglas A. McConnell
  • Minneapolis wooden body Separator

    Joe Fahnestock
  • Waterous 26 Hp. boiler
    1906 Waterous 26 Hp. boiler No. 2346a very scarce steamer. It has 66 flues. This picture shows it standing in the bush where it was left abandoned in 1944. Courtesy of Douglas A. McConnell, Box 575, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada.
    Billy Byrd
  • Waterous 26 Hp. boiler

    Douglas A. McConnell

  • 22-65 Case
  • L & N steam locomotive
  • Methodist Steam Engine
  • Minneapolis wooden body Separator
  • American-Abel I of 1911, 28 Hp'
  • Minneapolis wooden body Separator
  • Waterous 26 Hp. boiler
  • Waterous 26 Hp. boiler

Of DAYTON DAILY NEWS AND RADIO'S  'JOES' JOURNAL'

UNION CITY, INDIANA.

Welcome to our Blue Grass Engine Show,' he said, coming up and extending his right arm for a long handshake. 'We're mighty glad to have you folks.'

He was the first man we met after setting foot onto the Blue Grass Engine Show soil at Harrodsburg, Kentucky, that July day back in 1970a perfect gentleman, typifying the old-time southern hospitality we read about in books.

'I like to poke in the fires,' chuckled Forrest Cunningham, tall and erect with a physique belying his seventy-seven years. 'I began pumping water and cutting wood for the steam engines when I was twelve for the sawmill man, a Mr. Will Stevens & Sons of Mercer County, Kentucky. Later I helped him with the threshing.'



'I like to shovel coal', says Forrest, looking back over his many years of steam threshing, interrupted by several years preceding and following World War One when he handled the scoop on the left-hand side of the cabs of L & N steam locomotives on the 140-mile Knoxville Division running from Louisville to Livingston, Kentucky. 'I've lived here in Mercer County, Kentucky, all my life, excepting those years I boarded in Louisville and hired out as fireman on the L. & N.

To Forrest Cunningham, the mighty bark of a steam thresh engine became even mightier from the stack of those husky L. & N. Mikao steam locomotives with the 2-8-2 American railroad classification, listed in the Wytte System of wheel arrangement as two leading truck wheels, eight drivers and two on the trailing truck.



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