Steam Schools

A Listing of Steam Schools for 2006

| Nov-Dec. 2005

Steam schools have been with us since the heyday of steam traction engines. The safe and competent operation of steam traction engines was priority when steam engines ruled the agricultural landscape 100 years ago, and it’s still priority today.

Our listing is compiled from information sent by readers and through calls made to schools that have operated in previous years. As such, there may be schools we have omitted, and we encourage readers to alert us to any schools we haven’t listed.

The photo above was taken by Mark Corson at the 2005 Pawnee Steam School, which was held in Boonville, Ind., March 18-20. Pictured are the instructors who volunteered their time to lead this year’s classes. From left: Ray Vaughn, Joe “Mr Case” Graziana, Harold Stark, Brian Vaughn, Bruce Babcock and Larry Creed.

The photo on the bottom of the next page comes from the May 1916 issue of The American Thresherman, and advertises the Thresher’s School of Modern Methods, which at that time was led by none other than the legendary P.S. Rose, then associate editor of The American Thresherman.

If you know of a school that is not listed here, please contact us at: Steam Traction, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609

Oklahoma Steam Threshing &
Gas Engine Assn.
Pawnee Steam School 2006
Republic, Mo.
March 24-26, 2006
Tuition is $25, two noon meals included. Registration and prepayment required, enrollment limited. Emphasis on steam basics and safety, repair and maintenance, trouble shooting boiler construction, soft plugs, injectors, plumbing and boiler water treatment. Will cover many other topics.
For more information, contact:
Charlie Stark
3848 S. Farm Road 93
Republic, MO 65738
(417) 732-7136
Heritage Park of North Iowa
6th Annual Steam School
Forest City, Iowa
May 20-21, 2006
Tuition is $15, which covers the cost of lunches and handouts. This is a beginner’s class. Class emphasis is on types of boilers, basic boiler operation, safety devices, proper boiler start up and shut down procedures, use of injectors and pumps, forced draft induction, firing a boiler under load, holding constant steam pressure and how to handle emergency situations. Steam engine topics will include basic operation of the steam engine, starting and stopping the engine, how the valve gear works, how a steam engine governor works and how to lubricate the engine and drivetrain. Students will steam-up one or more steam engines.
At the conclusion of the class, a test modeled on the Minnesota Hobby Engineer’s Test is administered to interested students.
For more information, contact:
Jerred Ruble, Director of Shows
Heritage Park of North Iowa Project
754 342nd St.
Hanlontown, IA 50444
(641) 797-2697


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