Postcards


| January/February 1961

  • 1919 DCC Engine
    Marshall No. 71837 built 1919 DCC, 6 n.h.p. This engine belongs to Mr. T. Plaister of Swindon who bought it last year after it stood idle for some time in a scrap yard. The engine is now being restored to its original condition for preservation. All the o
  • Allis-Chalmers
    In the March-April issue of the ALBUM I have seen the picture and article about the steam power plant, sent in by Carl B. Erwin, which shows one of Allis-Chalmers modern steam power plants. When I saw this, I thought it time to show one of Allis-Chalmers'
    Carl B. Erwin
  • Lang & Button engine
    This picture is the courtesy of Lester C. Norris, 33 North St., Marcellus, New York.
    Lester C. Norris
  • The big tractor
    For Paul Bunyan? A huge tractor, with wheels 24 feet in diameter, takes shape in a plant at Iselton, Calif. The builder, Harold Manning, dubbed the tractor the 'Bunyan Buggie' since its great size would befit the legendary giant woodsman. The bi
  • Steam Threshing
    Here is an old one. Jonas Anderson and his Steam Threshing Outfit in 1890. Jonas Anderson homesteaded in the year of 1872, 9 miles northeast of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jonas Anderson and C. G. Sandburg were brothers and carpenters from Sweden. Jonas di
  • Pierce Miller
    A trio of grand 'Old Timers' on Pierce Miller's ranch 10 miles east of Modesto, California. B. B. Brown on the left and Pierce Miller, right, pause as they go over Miller's very rare Heald straw-burning portable that is apparently the only one o

  • 1919 DCC Engine
  • Allis-Chalmers
  • Lang & Button engine
  • The big tractor
  • Steam Threshing
  • Pierce Miller

Mr. William Durkee, formerly of the J. I. Case Co., pointing out some features of the Lang & Button engine owned by Mr. Norris.

The Lang & Button is not a very well known engine and we are glad to give it all the publicity we can. They were very well built engines. Some New Yorker should write the history of them.

This engine on the photo is Allis Chalmers No. 154 built in 1903, 10' x 30' bore and stroke. Develops 58 hp at 90 rpm with 1/4 cutoff and 100 psi. and is equipped with Corliss valve gear. This engine was sold in 1903 to a concern in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and installed in a knitting mill in Lititz, Pennsylvania, and operated there until 1930 when this mill for some reason was shut down.

There stood the old girl until 1957 when Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Ass'n, Kinzers, Pennsylvania, stepped in and bought it. Two other fellow members of R & T and I volunteered to dismantle it and move it to the R & T Museum grounds. In 1958 the board decided to have it set up in the corner of the Museum Building. When the time came for installing, it was again left to a few fellow members and me to do the job. Imagine this engine falling asleep in 1930 without any further attention! In August 1950, she was brought back to life again and is now all shined up and in operation during the Annual 3-Day Reunion at Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical grounds. It is now my pleasure to care for this engine during reunion days. Steam is furnished by a portable boiler or a traction engine.



I feel grateful to the Association that they have entrusted me to this job.

It has been quite an experience for a hobbyist. Many of the old-timers lean on the railing, ask questions and admire the old girl. LeRoy B. Ebersol