Short Story On The Buffalo Pitts


| January/February 1988



3510 Laurel Dr. Holiday, FL 34690

I would like to tell a short story about the 12 HP Buffalo Pitts (engine appears as photo #6 on page five of the November/December 1987 issue of Iron-Men Album). This engine came from Homburg, NY. It was never used for road work; it furnished power for a cheese factory. It was bought by Robert Marshall (deceased), East Bloomfield, NY. He had an International agency, and he put the engine in there and never did anything with it.

I met Mr. Marshall at the Kinzers, PA show, where I was displaying my models. He told me he had this engine and asked me to visit him. I guess it was about 1 years later when I finally got over there.

The engine stood in the corner with everything piled on it. I asked one day if I could get it out. The cab was not finished. He told me I could get no help from him, as he was too tied up with his agency. I finished the cab, and I changed the coal bunker from left to right. If it is the same engine, there is a patch welded in the back left hand corner of the ash pit.

I painted the engine, and when a new tank was put on I lettered it. I ran this engine two years at the New York State Fair, nine days each year. I ran it over the road three miles with lugs on to the first parade any engine had been in at the Monroe County Fair, and also at the Hemlock County Fair.

I had a water glass on the water tank; I don't remember whether it was installed on the new tank. I reflued it one time with used flues, never very satisfactorily. On the differential gear housing there are four 1/8' plugs to take out to oil it.