Redlin Really Likes To Get STEAMED UP!

| November/December 1986

  • One-cylinder tractor

  • One-cylinder tractor

The following article is reprinted with permission from the Watertown Public Opinion daily newspaper of Watertown, South Dakota 57201. Roger Merriam is a staff writer of the newspaper.

Don Redlin of Watertown heats up his steam powered, one-cylinder tractor in preparation for a test run. Redlin unveiled his contraption at the Fourth of July parade at Kranzburg, SD in 1985.

Getting steamed up is Don Redlin's favorite hobby.

Redlin, who operates the Redlin Mobile Home Court in Watertown, recently spent 2 years building a steam-powered, one-cylinder engine tractor from scratch.

'It's a hobby, a very interesting hobby,' Redlin told the Public Opinion. 'It's fun to chase parts down.'

The parts for his contraption came from all across America. The boiler's from Kearney, Mo.; part of the engine's from Clarksburg, W. Va.; the flywheel was made in Rushville, Mo.; the governor's from Warren, Pa.; and the grates and smoke box door were cast in Webster.