LARGE PORT HURON DOUBLE TANDEM COMPOUND STEAM TRACTION ENGINES.


| September/October 1968



Port Huron steam traction engine

38-110 HP. Port Huron double tandem Woolf compound steam traction engine. Copied from 1910 Port Huron catalogue by LeRoy W. Blaker. Alvordton, Ohio.

LeRoy W. Blaker

Alvordton, Ohio 43501

I have photostatic copies of three large Port Huron steam traction engines that were copied from the original construction records. The company called them a 38 hp.

Some men that worked around them called them a double 19 hp., and test house results showed they developed 110 hp. and perhaps could do more than this, so they could be rated as a 38-110 hp. engine. All three engines were steel geared for heavy traction work, and all had the 32-100 hp. boiler with 54 two inch tubes nine feet long instead of the usual seven foot tubes. That made them a 'Longfellow' then.

All had 4' crankshafts, crankpins and countershafts. Engine No. 5897 went to the test house at 6:30 A.M. on Sept. 20, 1910, and delivered to the painters at 5:00 P.M. the next day.

This engine was sold to John Western of Detroit, Mich., and shipped to him on Sept. 29, 1910. Records do not tell why this engine was not sold for about three years after it was built.

38 hp. engine No. 5970, after building, and testing was sent to the painters on October 16, 1907, and the test house foreman was H. Schnackenberg. This engine was equipped with a locomotive cab, canopy top, and jacketed boiler. This engine was sold to Seeber Bros of Champaign, Illinois, and shipped October 26, 1907.