POST CARDS

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Dave Riggs’ 1920 Frick Ellipse, number 21315 , caught in
action at the pioneer Engineers 54th Annual Show this
past August

Harold Stark, 3215 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46217-3231,
caught up with his great-grand nephew, 2-year-old Gaar Scott Ertel,
at this year’s Pioneer Engineers show in Rushville, Ind.

In case you were wondering, Gaar is indeed named after the great
Gaar-Scott line of steam traction engines, and he’s seen here
on Harold’s 1/2-scale Gaar-Scott after a run around the show
grounds with Harold.

Harold, well-known for his affinity to the marque, finished this
scale in 1979.

Henry Groner, 1110 Sauer Ford Road, Berger, MO 63014-1613, sends
in a this picture of his great-grandson on a 1/2-scale Baker 23-90.
Henry writes:

I’m enclosing a picture of my great-grandson Nathan Manning,
who was 18 months old when this picture was taken earlier this
year. Little Nathan is a 1/3-size man, manning a 1/2-size boiler
belonging to his grandfather, David Groner.

Here’s another 23-90 Baker, this time a 5/8-scale built by
Jonas Stutzman, 16351 Nauvoo Road, Middlefield, OH 44062.

The original patterns were made by Elvin Kline of Berlin, Ohio,
and Jonas bought the patterns at Elvin’s estate auction.
Unfortunately, many patterns were missing so Jonas, working with
Cattail Foundry, made up the missing patterns and got the castings
(seven sets in all) made. Near-term plans call for building at
least two more copies of the scale Baker. Jonas says his biggest
challenge was constructing the boiler – he ended up getting
certified to complete the job. All told, Jonas says it took five
years to complete the project.

Output of the 6-1/2 x 6-1/2 engine is estimated at 30 HP with
150 psi in the boiler. Weight of the 12-foot 4-inch long and 6-foot
4-inch tall (to the top of the stack) Baker is 6,000 pounds. Photo
by T.W. Diehl.

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