SOOT IN THE FLUES


| July/August 1979



Uniflow engine before restoration

Hi! to each and every one of you folks in Iron-Men Album Land hope you're getting your fill of steam engine hobby and related hobbies (I'll bet some of you are saying you'll never get your fill). July-August issue already and as this issue comes out, the steam shows are pretty well into full swing 'Swingers for Steam 'I guess I could call you that!

Before I get to the letters, here comes another story from Wellsprings of Wisdom called The Eternal Tidal Force (you steam men will agree with methis is beautiful power from the greatest power available). Story goes like this: 'I am told that when the great Hellgate Bridge was being built over the East River in New York the engineers came upon an old derelict ship, lying imbedded in the river mud, just where one of the central piers of the bridge was to go down to its bedrock foundation. No tugboat could be found that was able to start the derelict from its ancient bed in the ooze. It would not move, no matter what force was applied. Finally, with a sudden inspiration one of the workers hit upon this scheme. He took a large flat-boat, which had been used to bring stone down the river, and he chained it to the old sunken ship when the tide was low. Then he waited for the great tidal energies to do their work. Slowly the rising tide, with all the forces of the ocean behind it and the moon above it, came up under the flat-boat, raising it inch by inch. And so it came up, lifted by irresistible power, the derelict came up with it, until it was entirely out of the mud that had held it. Then the boat, with its subterranean load, was towed out to sea where the old water-logged ship was unchained and allowed to drop forever out of sight and reach.

There are greater forces than those tidal waves waiting for us to use for our tasks. They have always been there. They are there now. But they do not work, they do not operate, until we lay hold of them and use them for our present purposes. We must be co-workers with God.Rufus M. Jones.

And to the letters this one from BRUCE McCOURTNEY, Syracuse, Nebraska 68446: 'In the March-April 1979 I.M.A. I find on page 28 the unclassified photo of an old Rumely steamer in picture No. 1 probably a 12 or 15 HP. My father had one of them when I was a kid. I'm now 73 years old. Picture No. 2 is obvious and No. 3 looks like the pretty girl was real mad to upset a separator. No. 4, I believe, is a Minneapolis. No. 5 is an Advance.

I have every issue of the Iron Men Album and love them all. Keep them coming!'

RANKIN J. MELLOTT, Star Route S, Box 283, McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania 17233 asks your help: 'I am confused about the water pressure. Can you tell me how many pounds of cold water does it take to equal 125 lbs. of steam pressure on a steam boiler? (Rankin is anxiously awaiting an early reply.)