Post Card

| July/August 1966

This picture was taken in front of my house. It is a steam traction engine that I built in my spare time and some was not so spare. It is a double cylinder engine, 2  x 3 cylinders, and has a code boiler built to carry 150 P. S. I., but I do not need that. I am carrying 140, and it has plenty of power with that as I use it to run a cord wood saw cutting my stove wood. I can keep 3 or 4 people busy. I also use it for steam engine shows and parades as I have a transmission out of an automobile built in it with 3 speeds forward. That gives me whatever speed that I want. I mostly use second gear as that gives me about 4 miles per hour. If I need more speed, I use high which is about 8 miles at engine speed of about 250 rev. I burn coal in it as it has a fire box of 12 x 18 inches and steams very easy.

I bought the boiler from Ed Troudt Boiler Shop at Nelson, Nebraska and it is a very good boiler. I built a water tank which is mounted on the rear axle like a Frick Engine. The tank holds 15 gallons which is plenty for about 2 hours' use. I have Yi inch injector and a water lifter to fill the tank with that I made. I us inch suction hose and have lifted water for 12 feet with it. I used roller chain for my drives as it runs very smooth.

If any of you steam fans care to come to see it, let me know and I will have steam and you can take a spin on it.