SOOT IN THE FLUES


| July/August 1990



SOOT IN THE FLUES

Hi! to all our Steam Engine Families out there. Some of you will probably be on the road or at shows when this magazine arrives, but it will wait for you. I hope when you come back you will write me some stories and send some pictures. Without communication from you, this column can't make it.

Another worthwhile story from The Wellsprings of Wisdom by Ralph L. Woods entitled 'The Ideal House'. 'When a man and his wife bought their house in the suburbs it had everything they desired space, light, view, design, stability of neighborhood, location. But after several years the couple began to find fault with their house, mostly trivial objections that they allowed to assume importance. So they decided to put their house up for sale, and then search for their ideal.

'One day they read an advertisement describing exactly the kind of a house they wanted. They phoned the real estate man and discovered the advertisement was one for their own house the one they were endeavoring to sell!'

Now, each of you sit and ponder this little story. Haven't most of us done the same thing in life more than once? Something inspires us to have or want and we later realize that what we were seeking, we had all the time. Reminds me of that old saying, 'The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence.' I'm sure you can identify with what I am speaking about.

Now on to our letters from some of the IMA family. Wish there were more, but enjoy these as always.

'I have just received the March-April issue and noted the question and reply in your column regarding the possible horsepower of a prototype engine for which a model exists,' writes CONRAD H. MILSTER, 178 Emerson Place, Brooklyn, New York 11205.