MY FRICK ENGINE


| January/February 1983



Frick double cylinder traction engine

James W. Rader

RD #1, Box 456 Nichols, New York 13812

My records show that my Frick 6' bore x 9' stroke double cylinder engine #21659 (boiler #14774) was shipped to the Town of LeRay-Evans Mills, New York (as sales order #6906-B) on March 12, 1921. It was used on a stone crusher.

1921 Frick double cylinder traction engine now owned by Kirk Ellis. Photo by James W. Rader, a retired railroad engineer.

In 1937, Mr. Ernest G. Wetterhahn bought the engine and moved it to La Fargeville, New York, where he rented it to the township which also used it to run a stone crusher. It was brought home to Mr. Wetterhahn's every Fall to be cleaned and stored for the Winter months. This went on until 1942. It was then purchased around the early '50s by Mr. Ransome Wright of Parrish, New York. It then sat out many years of disuse until I purchased it in January 1974. I loaded it on a trailer on April 14, 1974 (my 31st birthday) to bring it home to Nichols, New York, where much time was spent restoring it to its original form the roof was almost completely gone, letting the elements take their toll. The only thing I have not put back on as yet are the side 'contractors tanks' (water tanks). As this engine has a 'New York Standard' boiler it was never out of the state until I began taking it to East Smithfield, Pennsylvania for the Bradford County Old Timers show every year in August.

The steam locomotive headlight that is now mounted on the front of my engine also has a bit of history. It is off locomotive #232, the last steamer on the Delaware Lackawanna & Western R.R. whose fire was dropped for the last time on July 13, 1953.