LETTERS


| January/February 1962



Just received the September-October issue and on page 33 saw an interesting picture of a Wabash locomotive. It brought back memories for I know quite a lot about what happened. My family lived near the railroad crossing and I said to my Mother that the engine of the train coming sounded like it had a heavy load. I no more than said it when there was a flash of fire and pieces of metal came through the side of our house. This was about 7 o'clock at night and very dark January 1937. My father and I were the first ones on the scene but we couldn't see much being it was so dark. It wasn't until the next morning we could see what really happened. The loco had blown up at our crossing, the boiler had left the chassis and went through the air for about 500 feet down the track where the picture was taken. The railroad tracks were torn up and it was some time before the railroad could get one track open to traffic. Boiler flues were sticking in the ground yards from the track and pieces of the grates were found a block from where the engine blew. We found five or six hundred pounds of pieces in our yard. Our house was covered with mud and grass, some windows were broken but no one was hurt.

My Dad has passed away but the rest of the family are living in Adrian. I live here in Blissfield and I enjoy your Magazine very much.

H. H. ESTES, Jr., Blissfield, Michigan

The Tustin Steam-up

Ashville, Ohio-October 21st was the day set aside by the Tustins' to entertain some of their friends at their annual steam-up. It was a nice day but with a chilly wind that made the ladies scamper to the bunk-house where refreshments were being served by the Tustin ladies.

Some of the boys were exercising the 19 HP Frick, the 16 HP Russell and the 20 HP Minneapolis and also trying out the Baker fan. The Peerless portable and the Minneapolis separator did a pretty good job of threshing but it would have been very hard to build a nice straw stack on such a windy day.

Stanley Duhl, of Columbus, brought his little model traction engine, as well as Charles C. Johnson, of Springfield, who had his 3' scale Case traction engine hooked to a little Baker fan.