J. C. Cobb writes . . . . . . . . . .
The enclosed pictures tell their own story. I suggest you get
out the March-April, 1955 issue and re-read the old sugar mill
engine article. It was, to me, most interesting, so I finally
visited the place and took a number of pictures.
I have dozens of pictures-will go for miles for a good snapshot.
Just recently saw a small Frick portable that had been made into a
tractor, and only a few weeks ago I ‘discovered’ two
skinners, 350 and 375 HP still in daily use, and the big surprise
just 50 miles from my home.
I just recently brought to light a small model that hadn’t
run since 1918 but with a little repair it went right off. This
little engine was built over 50 years ago and has an interesting
little story connected with it.
J. C. Cobb, Ronceverte, West Virginia
John Jeffrey writes . . . . . . . . .
Here is a picture of my Robert Bell 20-22 HP Engine, No. 309. It
was built about 1911 or 1912 in Sea forth, Ontario. I have reflued
this engine this year and am getting it in pretty good condition. I
practically had to rebuild it all over.
I hope to use this engine for some work in our lumber yard very
soon. It is still very snappy.
I have had some experience with engines in earlier years but
really bought this engine 2 years ago more for a hobby and believe
me I have a real congregation each weekend of old and new
engineers. I have been asked how many miles I get to a gallon of
gas. Ha, ha. It is quite a novelty in this area.
John Jeffrey, Box 58, Goderich, Ontario, Canada
Raymond C. Bickel writes. . . . . . . .
Here is a picture of my little engine that I built from steel
blocks and brass. It is a double cylinder, 1 bore and a 2′
stroke. It has rocker valves and is free lance. I made the front
boiler and the fire pot, smoke box and stack on the rear boiler
which was a gas fired boiler. I burn coal and wood. Top speed is 7
The engineer in the photo is my son, David. I am firing for
One boiler wasn’t enough so my engine has two boilers. It
makes for real conversation. Everyone asks why?
I showed this engine at the Valley City Sesquicentennial this
year and at the Richland County Reunion at Mansfield, Ohio.
The car chassis is a Crosley.
Raymond C. Bickel and son, David, 498 W. College St., Oberlin,