SOOT IN THE FLUES


| January/February 1990



Soot in the flues

Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know, to love what I ought to love, to praise what delights Thee most, to value what is precious in Thy sight, to hate what is offensive to Thee. Do not suffer me to judge according to the sight of my eyes, nor to pass sentence according to the hearing of the ears of ignorant men; but to discern with a true judgement between things visible and spiritual, and above all, always to inquire what is the good pleasure of Thy will. (Thomas a' Kempis, taken from Tapestries of Life.)

Hi, all you wonderful people of the I.M.A. Family! If you are beginning to plan for the New Year and its resolutions, perhaps the above prayer will help you I hope so! I am certainly going to try and put it into action in my life.

Good Buddies and Gals I need more material for this column I always like to chat with you a little, but that is not what makes 'Soot In The Flues' interesting. And I'll just bet there are those of you out there who think I don't mean you but I do. If you think you have something interesting to share with all of us, please write to me. It is interesting if it has to do with the engines, the shows, or your accomplishments and also the little interesting things in your life I'm sure we would all appreciate them. It can be factual or just plain homey, humorous or serious and if you oblige me I will certainly do my best to get it in the column. The following communication comes via telephone from NEWT HOWELL, Box 457, Shelbyville, Tennessee 37160. He called the office recently looking for some much needed information. He owns a Keck Gonnerman engine and is having some trouble getting his boiler okayed by the inspector.

The engine is rusted and no number can be found on the boiler. Howell feels certain that Keck Gonnerman boilers were all coded by the ASME, but he wants to know if anyone has proof of this fact. His boiler was made in 1933, and he thinks it was coded but he can't produce the number for the boiler inspector. Tom Terning advised him that all Kecks had a code number in the left quadrant of the back sheet of the engine, but this area is too pitted for any number to be found. Howell does know that the boiler was a Broderick, number OS-295, and he has a copy of the original bill of sale for the 1933 engine #1850, but no serial number. He also has the original freight bill.

Any information on this will be very much appreciated, and I hope someone will write to Mr. Howell directly with the proof he needs to keep his engine running at shows in Tennessee. If he can find the serial number, he can get the engine repaired and operating! I know you steam engine buffs like to help one another and I am sure Newt would be gratified to find this much needed information.

'The enclosed photograph is of my dad's (Seward E. Corson) miniature steam tractor. It is one of six built in 1960 by a group of friends in Pennsylvania. This one is the only one on rubber tires, modeled after the Case. The photo was taken during the 5th Annual Antique Power & Steam Show sponsored by the South Lake County Agricultural Historical Society, Inc., held at the Lake County Fair Grounds this past July 21-23, 1989.'