My Experiences with Steam Engines


| September/October 1973



Nichols & Shepard engine

Frank Ewing's Nichols & Shepard 8-16 HP engine at the 1972 Madison Prairie Village Show. Stan Beug of Littleton, Colorado and Frank Ewing of Rapid City, South Dakota in picture.

6040 Crestview Way Littleton, Colorado 80120.

My name is Stanley M. Beug, I'm 16 years of age, and I'm an avid steam fan and engineer. I live at 6040 Crestview Way, Littleton Colo., 80120

I've loved steam engines ever since I was very young. I guess steam gets in your blood, as once you have experienced the sound of a sharp exhaust with a lot of steam and smoke, of an engine under load, and the melodious call of a steam whistle, man, your hooked!

I'd like to share some of my experiences with steam engines with you, and tell you of some of the steam engines around the Denver-Boulder area.

My first encounter with steam began in 1966, when I traveled with my grandparents to South Dakota to a steam show in Flandreu. It was with a J. I. Case 50 HP steam traction engine, which belonged to John P. Kadinger, of Hartford, So. Dak. My grandfather knows Mr. Kadinger quite well, as at one time they were both residents of Sioux Falls, So. Dak.

My grandfather, who first introduced me to steam power, is John Rose, who lives in Longmont, Colo., where he works with the John Deere Co. Although he never had a steam threshing rig, he is a qualified steam engineer, as at one time he was a stationary steam engineer. He taught me the basics of steam engineering; the rest I learned by experience and from books. also from few older steam engineers!