My First Steam Engine


| January/February 1992



Avery

Rt 1 Marion, Kansas 66861

This issue's front cover engine is a 20 HP return flue Avery built around 1900. Glenn Litke of Rt. 1, Marion, KS 66861 purchased the engine at Vaden Stroud's estate sale in 1987. For the full story, see page 1. And if you have an engine you'd like to see on our cover, send it to us!

The auctioneer caught my wink one more time.

'Going, going, going...Sold!' The husky voiced gentleman looked at me and I pointed to the bidding number in my shirt pocket. Standing a few feet from me was my father, Virgil Litke, who with a quizzical look asked, 'Was that your number?'

'Yep,' I said, with a nervous but proud tone of voice. 'I just bought my first steam engine.'

Most would admit that this rusty hunk of iron with four wheels didn't have much eye appeal that spring day in 1987. It was just another one of many iron horses lined up in a row awaiting the short interval of silence from the steady rhythm of the auctioneer.