Steam Engines & Threshing Machines

| May/June 2004

McLean Photo #1: A 25-75 HP 1916 Case sitting derelict in Canada's Northwest Territory about 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle.


GordonMcLean, Box 1404, Beaverlodge, ALB, Canada T0H 0C0, took a break from the arctic cold of northern Canada to send in an intriguing photo of an abandoned 1916 Case engine. Gordon writes:

As I write this letter, our outside temperature is a very cool -46 degrees C - or about -50 degrees E Not a good day to think about steam engines.

This photo shows a 25-75 HP Case, serial no. 33717. According to the J.I. Case affidavit of manufacture, this engine was completed on July 24, 1916. Alberta's first record of this unit shows it was sold to a Louis Goebel in 1920 at Stoney Plain, Alberta, Canada, a farming community just west of the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The engine was next sold in 1933 to the Great Bear Lumber Co. It was moved to an area known now as Sawmill Bay on Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories, about 40 miles south of the Artic Circle.

This move would have entailed covering about 1,400 miles of territory where no roads existed. It is likely the engine was shipped by rail north to Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, and loaded on a barge for the rest of the trip. It probably was unloaded and moved around the rapids at Fort Smith, then reloaded to continue the journey to Sawmill Bay. This is all speculation on my part, and I'm trying to locate someone who can supply better information about this interesting venture.