Courtesy of R. G. Culp, 1429 Boswell Street, Crete, Nebraska. This is an Avery outfit threshing wheat near Crete, Nebraska.
'No. 1355 was built by Baldwin in 1909 as a 10-wheel type coal burner, having a four wheel engine truck followed by six driving wheels. Subsequently it was converted to an oil burner and modified to a Pacific-type locomotive with the addition of two trailing wheels under the cab. The Pacific is an historic engine used widely throughout the United States. Old 1355 saw many colorful years of service, speeding such famous passenger trains as the Oriental Limited over Great Northern's main line to the North Pacific Coast.
'This locomotive, with its tender, weighs 164 tons and is 77 feet long; diameter of the driving wheels is 73 inches; and height from rail to top of stack is 15 feet 3 inches.'
Here is a picture of my engine for which I need a new smoke ring, door and smoke stack. I would appreciate it if someone could tell me where I could obtain these articles. It has a lap seam boiler and the engine is about 16 horse. The reason I need all that new apparatus for the front is because mine was lost when the engine went through a bridge. About all I can tell you about the separator is that it has a 22' cylinder and needs a new Rockwood pully 6/2' in diameter and 6' across the face.
I live in a steam community as there are 6 engines and American Threshermen Show Headquarters here. I learned just about all I know about steam from my best friend, Clem Baudison, who died Friday, May 19,1967, after a long sickness.
I first took interest in steam when I was in fourth grade. Two years ago I got a job firing for Mr. Baudison and last year I fired part-time for Arnold Knopp of Campbell Hill. This year I plan to fire my own engine if I can get it welded and passed by the state.