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| January/February 1978



3/4 Scale Traction Engine

This month's cover features a photo of a 3/4 scale traction engine. Contributed by Locomotion Model Engineering (Poole) Ltd. ''Model and Precision Engineers'' 3 Grand Parade, High Street (Old Town), Poole, Dorset, England

This is the picture of the accident of my father and his steam engine. This happened on November 5, 1923 in the Ganaraska River which runs approximately 5 miles north of Port Hope. He escaped without injury. He was trapped for one hour before help got him clear, as he went down with his engine. The sleepers broke on one side causing the engine to turn over on its' side. This was his first engine an 18 horse American Able he purchased in 1913. The front wheels were smashed off and fly broke. The boiler was not damaged and this engine was put back in service again but not by my father. He went on with another steamer and finished his fall threshing, which he had done for forty years. My father was one lucky man to survive the wreck.

This engine is a 1/3 scale Advance engine built and is owned by George Mochinski, 538 1st, N. Winsted, Minnesota 55395. Finished in 1972, it is a 3' x 4' engine with Marsch Valve Gear. The boiler has 14 one inch flues. George worked three years, almost all in spare time, to complete it. It burns coal or wood but he finds propane gas convenient, using a burner he made.

Old Time Threshing Scene, near Harrison, Arkansas. This was before the adjustable sieves came along. (Note an extra sieve on top of separator.) The rig was steam powered, was owned by Hugh L. Trotter. The negative was loaned to me by a distant relative of Hugh L. Trotter, Mr. Dennis Trotter of Route 1, Harrison, Arkansas, who is in the picture. He was a baby. The lady near the center of the picture was his mother and is holding him in her arms. He is somewhat older now.

Old Time Threshing Scene, near Harrison, Arkansas. This was before the adjustable sieves came along. (Note an extra sieve on top of separator.) The rig was steam powered, was owned by Hugh L. Trotter. The negative was loaned to me by a distant relative of Hugh L. Trotter, Mr. Dennis Trotter of Route 1, Harrison, Arkansas, who is in the picture. He was a baby. The lady near the center of the picture was his mother and is holding him in her arms. He is somewhat older now.

The Green Bros. 14 HP Minneapolis compound in the belt sometime prior to 1913 in the Grantsburg, Wisconsin area. Joe Green on engine, 1. to r.: August Rask, Richard Green, Fred Sandberg, far right, unknown.

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