Bob Gold of B&B Steam Restoration teaches a class on judging boiler condition at the 2000 Pawnee Steam School held in Rushville, Ind.
Four years ago the decision to let the Pawnee Steam School 'hit the road' was made. Since that time the school has been hosted by the Antique Steam and Gas Engine Club at Boonville, Ind., the Pioneer Engineer's Club at Rushville, Ind., and most recently the Lathrop Antique Car, Tractor and Engine Club at Lathrop, Mo.
The school, which was founded by Chady Atterberry and the late Ivan Burns, has been attended by hundreds of students across the United States and Canada. The school will resume 'hitting the road' again in 2003.
The 2002 Pawnee Steam School will be in session starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2002, and conclude around 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, 2002. On Friday, March 29, we will have a steam school class reunion. The school has some students who have attended for three years in a row. At the reunion students will have the opportunity to fire up engines, try their hand at belting engines, and see a demonstration of climbing the incline.
Classes will include, but are not limited to, the following subjects: The Medina, Ohio, accident; steam basics and safety; steam injectors; repair and restoration of steam gauges; steam cylinder oil; belting of steam engines; boiler piping; judging boiler condition; boiler riveting; tube rolling; boiler water chemistry; steam governor repair; and babbit pouring demonstration.
Joe Graziana gives one of the most popular classes on steam governor repair. In the class, Joe shows how to 'exhort the demons' from your governor. Joe and Harold Stark display many of the new parts they have available to help you restore your governor to new condition.
Harold Stark's injector class has a storyboard of defective and worn out injector parts, which graphically illustrates the do's and don'ts of steam injectors. Harold's class is guaranteed to educate you about steam injectors. He has a large display of parts he machines to rebuild injectors.
Due to the size of the facilities, the 2002 school will be limited to 200 students. The school registration deadline will be March 15, 2002. Tuition for the school is $25, which includes two noon meals and a school textbook.
Beverly Atteberry, who is the secretary of the Oklahoma Steam Threshing & Gas Engine Association, will handle student registration. Her mail address is: Oklahoma Steam Threshing & Gas Engine Assoc, P.O. Box 472, Pawnee, OK 74058. Beverly's telephone number is: (918) 744-5668. Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, the Oklahoma Steam Threshing & Gas Engine Association has a web site at: www.oklahomathresher.com.
One of the most interesting aspects of the Pawnee Steam School is meeting students from across the United States and Canada. Come out to Pawnee, Okla., and enjoy some steam fellowship.
Steam enthusiast Larry Creed is a frequent contributor to Iron Men Album. Contact him at: R.R. #13, Box 209, Brazil, IN 47834.