| March/April 1980

  • Engine
    My creation.
  • Blowing down the boiler
    Blowing down the boiler through a one-inch valve at 175 pounds pressure. It makes quite a roar!
  • Ball bearings
    Ball bearings are in the eccentrics and needle bearings are in the small ends of the connecting rods.

  • Engine
  • Blowing down the boiler
  • Ball bearings

Box 400, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada

When I was a small boy, my father had a 25-75 Case steam engine, a 36-58 Case separator and a John Deere eight bottom plow.

The first job I had away from home was in 1929 when I fired and ran a 22-65 Sawyer-Massey in a sawmill. Then in the winter of 34-35, I built myself a sawmill. My first setting I used a gas engine and that fall I got a 28-80 Case steam engine. I used it for 3 years and then I got a 32-110 Minneapolis as the Case didn't have enough power to run everything at the same time. About 1942 I quit the sawmill as it was too hard to get help due to the war. So you see I am no stranger to steam. I have an Alberta Final Traction Certificate.

About the end of January 1977 I broached the subject of building myself an engine of about 30 to 35 HP. As my wife was agreeable, I started immediately by going to the Steam Branch in Edmonton. It was June before I got approval on the blueprints for the boiler.

They demanded that a class A welder do all the boiler so Fred Freschette of Red Deer did do all the welding, and a boiler inspector examined it many times during construction. After the welding was all finished, I had to take the boiler to Calgary to have it stress relieved before we put in the flues. It has 24 1?-flues 5 feet long and the flues are rolled and beaded at both ends.

All materials used in the boiler met the Alberta Boiler requirements. The boiler inspector hydrostatically tested it to 265 lbs. and it is approved for 175 lbs. both here and in Saskatchewan. The bare boiler weighs 1600 lbs. All the material in the boiler is 3/8 excepting the flues which are one gauge heavier than required.


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