Northwest Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Association

| July/August 1992

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    A portable that's really portable, owned by Richard Bosch and displayed on our model table.
  • Case engine

  • Russell
    Don Gaiser's 1916 Russell 16 HP.

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  • Case engine
  • Russell

R.D. 1, Box 149A Ellwood City, PA 16117

Featuring steam powered threshing and saw milling by the members and friends of the Northwest Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Association, the 29th annual exhibit was held at the club's show grounds at Portersville, Pa. Our feature brand this year was Case, and as usual, much of the work at the show was done by Case equipment.

Wendell Bintrim's 12-36 HP Case traction engine of 1911 ran the Case steel thresher owned by his son-in-law, Steve Brandon. The stationary baler, which makes those big 19 x 22 bales everyone loves to handle, is also Case, and belongs to Wendell's father-in-law, Harold Bupp. One of the oldest tractors in attendance was also Bupp's, an 18-32 Cross motor. It is one of the easiest starting and best running tractors we have seen. Bupp also had a new tractor in evidence this year, a DC industrial. It is a neat little close coupled machine which on close inspection appears to be nearly all motor and transmission. As usual, the club's Case model VAC, which mows our grass and acts as utility tractor, made many gallons of homemade ice cream, which was sold by the Merle Bintrim family at that display. Several other newer model Case tractors added to the exhibit. We had hoped to round up a car or gas engine of Case manufacture, but were not successful at that. We did have 49 antique cars and trucks registered.

Wendell Bintrim's 1911 12 HP Case. This engine is the only traction engine to have attended all the shows our club has had, and it still handles most of the threshing duties.

All features of the show ran well, including the sawmill and a new addition this year, in the form of a planer shown by Bill Krolopp of North Jackson, Ohio. The planer was spun by a returnee to the show a 6-18 horsepower portable Russell steamer now owned by Bill Ferver of New Wilmington, Pa. The Russell was owned and displayed for many years by the late Marvin McGeorge of Wampum, Pa., who was a founding member of the show group.

The 15 inch gauge railroad under the management of Chuck Burr and crew (mostly family) gave train rides to hundreds of children both young and old. The gas engine lot was packed with over 400 putting and banging engines of many makes, and the tractor lot was similarly loaded with some 135 registered entries. In fact, we are looking at some way to rearrange both of these areas to allow them more room.


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