POST CARDS


| January/February 1962

  • Nichols and Shephard engine
    Nichols and Shephard 16 HP engine found in Southern Nebraska. By look-close the wheel of the attached tender trucks can be seen. Boiler is jacketed. Purchased by Ralph, June 1961. He expects to restore it in the future.
    Ralph
  • Frankie Schwartz

  • Walter Hood
    Walter Hood and his 20 hp double Nichols Shepard taken at the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana Reunion held at Rushville, Ind., August 1960.
  • Model Case engine
    Model Case, 40 hp that I built in my shop. It took 2 years of my spare time, mostly after working hours. It weighs 1 ton, carries 150 lb. pressure.
  • Case Separator
    My 25 HP Minneapolis and my Case Separator. The picture was taken June 5, 1961 at White Butte, South Dakota, I have owned the engine 35 years and have used it for many things threshing, moving, building highways, working, breaking sod. It was new in 1912.
  • Mechanicsburg show
    Taken at the Mechanicsburg show 1961. Edinger Bros. Case, C.C. Johnson at the throttle.
  • Orr-Sembower engine
    This is an Orr-Sembower. It is in fine shape, a 12 hp. built in Reading, Pa. I am told it is the only one left.
  • John Arstad's engine
    A close-up view of John Arstad's engine.
  • 50 Case engine
    A close-up view of Harold Burke's 50 Case and in the background is O. R. Aslakson Advance Rumely.
  • I. H. C. Tractor
    I. H. C. Tractor that we bought new in 1912. It was a single cylinder 8' bore and 15' stroke. It was not a success as a farming tractor although we did do a lot of plowing with it pulling a three bottom plow. We also threshed a lot of grain with
  • Steam power plant
    Steam power plant hp boiler hp vertical 1 x 1 steam engine and governor with aux-condensing engine. Hotwell with pump for feed to boiler from Hotwell
  • Burrell Showmans Road Loco
    Burrell Showmans Road Loco. 'Dreadnaught' 8 N-H-P-double crank compound, 3 speed No. 3093, 17 tons. Built 1909.
  • 12 gauge live steamer
    My 12' gauge live steamer (140 lbs. S.P.) that I run around my back yard on about 650 feet of track (12 lb. rail).
  • Telegraph pole

    P. M. Railroad Company
  • Steam traction engine
    Steam traction engine owned by Les. Mr. Hugh Cadyle, Wapella, Sask., engineer, Percy Corscodden, fireman. Do you know what make of engine?
  • Sandwich Co. engine
    Here in Illinois we use old gas engines for lots of things like for instance--clothes line props. I got in trouble with the Mrs. because some white pieces got against the engine and got greasy. Oh, yes, the engine is a Sandwich Mfg. Co. of Sandwich, Illin
  • 25-75 Russell engine
    Close-up picture of ray 25-75 Russell in the belt, threshing in 1958.

  • Nichols and Shephard engine
  • Frankie Schwartz
  • Walter Hood
  • Model Case engine
  • Case Separator
  • Mechanicsburg show
  • Orr-Sembower engine
  • John Arstad's engine
  • 50 Case engine
  • I. H. C. Tractor
  • Steam power plant
  • Burrell Showmans Road Loco
  • 12 gauge live steamer
  • Telegraph pole
  • Steam traction engine
  • Sandwich Co. engine
  • 25-75 Russell engine

GETTING READY to roll again - Frankie Schwartz has a new project -restoring this old tractor to full operation. Mr. Schwartz first saw the tractor three years ago and has been all that time persuading Howard Miller to sell it to him. Mr. Miller bought the steam tractor in 1913 for $600 - but that was back in the days when $1 was worth a great deal more than today. The tractor was used for a time to power a saw mill, it later ran a planer and has traveled back and forth over Dent county. Mr. Schwartz plans to fix up the boiler and flues, put the old steam tractor in first class shape, fix up the wheels and drive it in Salem's centennial parade next year.

I also have a ' scale - 3' track gauge of a Pennsy K-4 Pacific (4-6-2) in live steam and other odds and ends. This is just a hobby and not for income.

Taken Feb. 23, 1933. Looking north the Pere Marquette railroad station, on the west side of the village of Pent water across the channel. The railroad ran only this far. In the early days a steam passenger train and a steam freight train ran to and from Pent water daily. The passenger train stayed over night and went out at 7:30 a.m. and another passenger train came in at 9:15 a.m. As the automobiles increased, the passenger train service was discontinued and the freight train ran only. As years went by the freight train service was also discontinued in the year of 1933. The railroad from Pent water to Mears, Michigan was then taken up and the P. M. railroad station was also taken down. There are some houses where the railroad yard once was in use.

On the picture the box by the telegraph pole is all of iron, heavily made and belongs to the P. M. Railroad Company.



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