SOOT IN THE FLUES


| July/August 1974



Soot in the flues

Well, this is it Friends this is the great Season of Reunions and steam-ups and good talk, good food, wonderful time of year so get on out there and enjoy them all. Get those engines fired up and make new acquaintances, learn little details from each other pile up a stack of memories for the forthcoming winter.

With this issue we begin the second year (where did the time go already?) under the new ownership We've made mistakes and it's a good bet we'll make some more, but we try to please and we will make every effort to correct our errors Stick with us many of you have been proving that you're with us through the good and the bad and we do receive many favorable comments so Thanks to our Iron-Men Family Members and here's hoping we meet up with many of you at the reunions. And don't forget get the Show Reports and all the little sideline stories of interest to me and I'll try to get them in as soon as possible.

And now on to a few letters that you'll all be interested in readying

EDWIN HILL, Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada would like to know how you can tell the year of manufacture from the serial number I don't even know if you can, can you?

EDGAR WHITE, 112 Overbough Ave., St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950 sends along a good method to keep brass oiler and piping like new on steam or gas engines. He says: 'Remove the tarnish with a commercial brass polish OR if you prefer, use salt with lemon juice or hot vinegar OR use washing soda. Dry thoroughly and polish with a clean flannel cloth. Then spray with a clear metal type or automotive type lacquer.' Ed says he has used this method for years and it works (So thanks to Ed for a helpful tip).

An informal note from George and Margaret Matthews they are moving from Lakewood, New Jersey to Arkansas. They would very much like to hear from all their good friends they have made throughout the years. Their address until they are settled will be in c/o Harold Matthews, Route 2, St. Joe, Arkansas 72675. They promise to answer all letters. They would like to know of any shows near where they will be living. They say they are the owners of the Brass Twins I know you folks that know them will understand.