POST CARD


| September/October 1977



Advance engine

A 22 HP Advance seen at the 1976 Scott-Carver Old Threshers Association Show. Engineer Jim Mollenhauer has the engine all lined up for the belt. Courtesy of Rudy Clemmensen, 833 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55105.

Rudy Clemmensen

While no flash was available, under the canopy, yet it may be seen what a firm box frame was built into this particular model of the Monarch line. It is quite self-contained, having the reverse lever and locomotive-type throttle lever mounted intact; together with the lubrication pump. The crosshead guides for the valve stems are of square section, and adjustable, along with the other main guides. The radial valve gear is very similar to that of the Reeves, except that no compensating bell cranks were utilized as with the Reeves. This was all that was left of a good Monarch traction engine, and because of its ease in mounting upon a stationary pedestal, it had been saved to run a small sawmill. I retrieved this fine specimen from fifteen miles southeast of Seattle, Washington. It is occasionally operated from steam borrowed from 'Luellabelle' when the latter is fired up for a parade (it being a road locomotive). With best wishes to all the Force on I.M.A.

BRIDGEWATER

William (Bill) Roberts, Somerset, Virginia, and Curt Fitzhugh, Gordonsville, Virginia, restored this good looking Farquhar portable steam engine. Right; Steam boys here is one for you to talk about. A 6 HP L. Spence portable steam engine, built in 1883 by Ohio Valley Agricultural Works, Belmont Co. Ohio. If anyone has more about L. Spence, write Mason Machine Shop, R. F. D. 1, Box 446, Clarksburg, West Virginia 26301.

STEAM IN FRANCE

J. P. Delaby operates a shop called STEAM, at 21 Rue de Bourgogne, Paris, France.

The shop sells steam engines and traction engines, even though the hobby of collecting and restoring these is not very well known in France.

The shop owner knows of one small factory, making wooden boxes, where 'they use steam to make electricity and run some machines.'