LOTS OF STEAM LOCOMOTIVES-


| November/December 1957



2898 South Grant Street, Englewood, Colorado

Thank you for your Notice as I do not want to miss a single copy of your good magazine, THE IRON-MEN ALBUM. I surely do enjoy this fine magazine and the letters and articles from real steam men, men who know steam and love it.

My wife and I just recently returned from a vacation trip to Northern Minnesota where lots of steam locomotives are still operating on the railroads and am happy to say that I shot quite a lot of 16 mm movies of them in action.

We were happy to visit with our good friend, H. M. Jones of Little Falls. He has some beautiful traction engines and I was thrilled to operate a 50 Case, one of his favorites, and it looked like a brand new one. Mr. Jones is really an authority on steam and he has a tremendous stock of steam engine parts on hand. He surely showed us a wonderful time.

We were also privileged to stay all night at the home of the well-known Budenski Brothers at West Concord, Minnesota and just had a wonderful time. These good people invited us into their home even though we had never met before, and their niece, Mrs. Marilyn Trelsad, who is secretary of the Zumbro Valley Thresher-men's Association, remarked, 'You can just about rest assured that people who love steam are fine people.' That is about the nicest compliment that I ever received. These men have some very beautiful engines and everyone of them are overhauled and painted up just like new and inside, out of the weather. It is easy to see why they had more than 10,000 people out to see their steam engine show last September. We feel that we have made some valuable additions to our list of friends by having met these fine people.

We then stopped to see our friend Emil Kudlacek of David City, Nebraska, and all of his large collection of steam engines including his well-known 110 Case. He is rebuilding this giant steamer and it is sure a beauty. We also stopped at the home of Neil Miller of Alden, Iowa and saw his great collection of steam engines and antiques dating back to the 1700's. We surely enjoyed their fine hospitality and the colorful museum they are starting.