REPORT FROM THE STEAM DEPARTMENT OF THE Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association, Inc.


| July/August 1999



Frick engine

Show Co-Chairman and Director P. O. Box 636 Easton, Maryland 21601

This past July 10, 11, 12, 1998, the Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Engine Association, Inc. celebrated its 25th anniversary. Our show grounds are located five miles north of Easton, Maryland, on U. S. Rt 50. We are proud to say we own our own grounds, and have ever since the beginning. This was one of our greatest reunions ever. It takes at least a whole year's planning to put on a successful show. Our show committee, which consists of all our standing committee chairmen and directors, is continually trying to find new exhibits and exhibitors to participate in our show.

I think even the newest person to our hobby realizes it takes a lot of us 'Iron Men' to put on a show. At our show, I'm proud to say we even have a few 'Iron Women' that help put on the show, but we sure could use more help at times, whatever the gender.

At this year's show we had some friends bring their steam tractors down from Pennsylvania and Delaware. Norman Gay brought his 1895 8 x10 Frick traction engine and Mike brought his Farquhar traction engine from Rough and Tumble. For the third year Butch Biesecker brought his immaculately restored Keck-Gonnerman. Norm and Mike were an extra special hit when they belted to our Baker fan late Saturday night for a spark show. WOW!

A trademark sales ploy for the Frick Co. So we tried it. Jamie Hall of Church Hill, Maryland, at the throttle of his Frick 8 x 10 #17590. After six years of restoration, 53 new castings, parts, machining, Imron paint, original striping and twenty years of sitting idle, she ran like a Swiss watch. Belted backwards to Eric and Pat Harvey's Lane shingle mill at the third annual Old Queen Anne's Days at the museum in Centreville, Maryland, 1998.

Norman Gay's Spark Show: Take one 1895 8 x 10 Frick, one belt, one Baker fan, one good hot fire, add five bushels sawdust, planer chips or shingle dust. Combine late at night. Get: one pretty good late night iron man spark show. Everybody loved it! Just another unexpected highlight of our 25th annual show.