Somewhat Bulky, Steam Engine Is Unique Hobby


| May/June 1971

  • Melvin Kestler
    Courtesy of Melvin Kestler, 1339 Evergreen Drive, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301.
    Melvin Kestler
  • Antique Engine and Threshers

  • Case steam engine
    Just like new, this 1915 model Case steam engine complete with threshing machine and water wagon pulled into Twin Falls last week to become a permanent ''resident'' of the community. Making plans to unload the equipment are owner, Melvin Kestler, behind t
  • Water wagon
    Unloading operations at the Twin Falls railroad depot required a heavy crane from the Northwest Crane and Rigging Co., to lift the three items of equipment from the flat bed car. Shipped from Bird City, Kan. to owner Melvin Kestler, Twin Falls, the shipme
  • Restore engine
    Before restoration began, the steam engine looked like this. Former owner Al Deerk, Lexington, Neb., stands at rear of loading ramp. It took five years of Mr. Kestler's spare time to restore the engine. The boiler, in excellent condition, made the underta
  • Case traction steam engine
    Steam Engines attract numerous volunteers, and Melvin Kestler said he had lots of free help as well as hired professionals-during the five years he spent restoring the 1915 model Case traction steam engine. Here workers repair and replace some of the p

  • Melvin Kestler
  • Antique Engine and Threshers
  • Case steam engine
  • Water wagon
  • Restore engine
  • Case traction steam engine

Times-News Feature Editor

When you have a hobby that weighs 33,740 lbs., it isn't easy to find housing for it or to exhibit in shows in various parts of the country.

Melvin Kestler, 1339 Evergreen Drive, says he does have a few problems with his hobby, a restored Case steam traction engine of 1915 vintage, and a complete threshing outfit.

The, equipment arrived last week in Twin Falls from northwest Kansas by rail, consisting of three units, the Case 1915 model 65 horse power steam-tractor, the case threshing machine, size 40' and a water wagon. It cost approximately $1,300 to ship it to Twin Falls, which may explain why it travels only occasionally.



Mr. Kestler who Is a local agent for Prudential Life Insurance Co., moved to Twin Falls in 1985. He first visited this area in 1937 to audit books for grain elevators and flour mills and liked this part of the country. He said he and Mrs. Kestler promised themselves they would someday make this their home, and nearly 30 years later made good the promise.

Not until this fall, however, did he move the steam engine and threshing machine from Bird City, Kans., where it has been on display by the Antique Engine and Threshers Assn.



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