| September/October 1974

From the 'Big Sky Country' our good friend, Austin Monk of Marion, Montana and his really wonderful steamer. Parts for the restoration of this beauty were literally dug out of a river in northern Canada and trucked hundreds of miles. The bulk of it was skidded up and over a mountain range with one bulldozer pulling and another pushing. The roar of these tractors edging their way up the mountainside, with their precious cargo, can still be heard echoing up and down the canyons of the Idaho wilderness. It took a stout heart and lots of determination, but Austin does have a reward.

Would any of the readers of I.M.A. have any information as to when this Baker engine #501 was built? This engine set for many years in a sawmill near Friendship, Indiana. The engine and gearing looks good. There are some parts that are completely gone, but I'd like to start restoring the engine. George Meister of Batesville says Baker #501 was resold by the Baker Company in 1912 after a major overhauling, but he doesn't know when it was sold new. I would like to hear from anyone that could give me data on this engine.

Bob Anderson and Ted Young [left to right] above stand proudly behind the superb model of Union Pacific's 4-8-8-4 'Big-Boy' live steam locomotive built by Ted. To Bob's left and slightly visible in the back-ground is the 2' scale model of a Case 65  H.P. traction engine. The Case model is all bronze and was built with castings which give the 'REAL' look. I'm not sure, but I think this model was Bob's first serious modeling experience, this picture was taken at the King's Show in 1973.

A 6 HP gasoline engine. On the brass plate is 'Built by C.H. A Dissinger & Brothers, Wrightsville, Pa. The gentleman pictured is 76 and was the original owner. He told us he had owned four of these Dissinger engines. This was the last to be sold. He received this one in August 1907. He used them in sawmills. Two were scrapped, a 20 HP was sold and is being restored and this 6 HP we brought back to my home to restore. This engine was found as pictured several weeks before by the man who owned the 8 Witte near Altoona. Does anyone know of any other Dissinger's or any information on these engines?

Pictured are Case tractors. They are 25-45 cross motors. They were made in 1927 and 1928. These tractors are in A shape. The numbers of these tractors are 301215 and 300977.

This is my mailbox for more than a year now. It is on a steam engine that I used on my mill in 1938. It is an 8 x 10, made in Richmond, Virginia by Smith Courtney Co. The little white place you see is only to fill a hole where the steam went in. The idea of a mail box base is only mine, just as you see some other things that other people use. The wooden base is from a Civil War time house, where I was raised.