My Items Of Interest


| March/April 1969



Steam Engines

Courtesy of James E. Lancaster, Box 415, Mt. Savage, Maryland 21545

James E. Lancaster

Box 415, Mt. Savage Maryland, 21545

I am enclosing herewith a picture of my group of steam engines and other items which I have made in the course of the last 9 years. I will describe each article as it appears in the picture beginning from left to right as follows.

No. 1 is my replica of a Climax steam locomotive, It is built about 1/3 size or 4' to the foot, It is mounted on rubber and driven from the four rear wheels and steered from the four front wheels. It has two sets of brakes; one is hydraulic, the other is air. It has two injectors and and two whistles and a bell, speed is about twenty miles an hour in high gear. It has 3 speeds, forward or backward. Weight 5100 lbs.

No. 2 is my replica of the famous General locomotive used in the great locomotive chase of the civil war. This one is a gasoline propelled job and has a four cylinder Leroy air cooled engine with four speed transmission and four wheel drive. It is built to a scale of about 4' to the foot. It also has bell and whistle which blows by air, having an air compressor installed to operate whistle, It has mechanical brakes. Speed a-bout 25 M.P.H.

No. 3 is my size replica of a model U Peerless traction engine, center crank. It weighs 3600 lbs. It has one injector and boiler feed pump. The cylinder bore is 5' x 5' stroke. Diameter of flywheel is 24' x 5' face. Whole engine is about 10 ft. long. This is a fine engine and has received a lot of favorable comment at the different steam shows where I have had it on exhibition.

No. 4 is our size replica of an early Aultman Taylor with the drive shaft on the side to the rear wheels. This is a very good account of itself on a large hay baler at the New Centerville Firemen's Jubilee. All the old timers long for a chance to run it. It performs beautifully. It weighs about 3000 lbs.