| November/December 1961

I have often heard the remark that it not only looks and acts like a Peerless but it sounds exactly like one.

My Father was in the threshing business for 33 years and owned 4 Peerless traction engines and one Peerless threshing machine, also one C. Aultman & Co. threshing machine 36' cylinder. I don't recall the width of the machine but it was about a foot wider in tread than the common standard road tread.

He also owned an 8 hp Taylor Dry steam engine (portable) and a 12 hp (rubicon) Wood Taber & Morse portable and an Ajax Farquhar 16 hp portable and several other makes which I do not recall the names of. Along with 5 saw mills such makes as American, Hench & Dromgold, Geiser, Frick, etc.

I have always been intrigued with the Taylor Dry Steam Engine as I have never seen another like it. The Cylinder formed the steam dome (hence the name Dry Steam Engine). It was never necessary to open the cylinder cocks, even when steaming it up from cold as the cylinder was always dry and very efficient.

I am at present working on a 1' scale model of a Cumberland & Pennsylvania R. R. (consolidation) engine.

My engine that I put together in 1954. It is a Nichols & Shepard boiler and has a double cylinder. I do not know the make of the engines. They are 6' stroke 8' bore and an old Chevie Truck chassis. It has 5 speeds ahead, 1 reverse and will travel 15 miles an hour easy in high gear - and it works just wonderful. I have sawed wood, planed lumber and even sawed lumber with it and have had it in a lot of parades and it takes first prize.


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