MY TWO BAKER ENGINES


| September/October 1986



Baker engine

R. 1, Box 332, Sugar Creek, OH 44681

Here are pictures of the two Baker engines my wife and I own. The first, engine # 2390, is a 23-90 formerly owned by Ira Swisher of Punta Gorda, Florida. Ira showed this engine at the Mad River Steam Show in July of 1981, working at the saw mill belt power. People were amazed at how it performed. I was informed that Ira had health problems and in the spring of 1982 I acquired the engine.

The second engine# 1464is a 21-75 Baker uniflow valve, purchased from Hugh Hartzell of Union City, Indiana. I have received the following certified information from the A.D. Baker Co. records, dated November 12, 1918: Engine no. 1464 was purchased by the Union Threshing Ring, South Whitley, Indiana from the Swanton, Ohio plant. It was 21 HP, with Pickering governor, two #4 U.S. Injectors, 1916 Model Crosshead pump, jet steam pump, Kipp oil pump and lubricator. The flywheel had a 10 face, 20-1-1/8 diameter. It had a Brownell Ohio standard boiler, jacket, long cab, chime, 1916 stock except for 1917 style bed, flanged fire door ring. The color code was boiler (black), boiler brackets (dark green), fly wheel (striped black and yellow), valve gear and running gear (red), all wheels (red striped with black and yellow).

This engine was shown at the Darke County Steam Threshers Show at Greenville, Ohio in 1980 in show condition.

My wife and I are both 77 years old, have been married 55 years, and still like to hear the engines.