Un-restored engines hold a special fascination for me

| July/August 1995

JON S. GOULD, 525 W. Van Buren Avenue, Naperville, Illinois 60540 sent this letter: 'Enclosed find eight pictures of derelict or un-restored traction engines that I have photographed over the years. Un-restored engines hold a special fascination for me as I have been involved in several restoration projects, and am always interested in the possibility of bringing another engine back to life. Several of the engines pictured have been restored to running condition and today are beautiful showpieces, some have been used to supply parts for other restoration projects, and still others are still waiting for someone to bring them back to life. Anyone interested in owning and restoring a steam engine should not be discouraged, as there are still many engines out there looking for a good home.'

THOMAS STEBRITZ, 1516 E. Commercial Street, Algona, Iowa 50511 writes: 'Mr. Roland Brod-beck wrote an interesting response to someone else's letter about boilers.

'Mr. Brodbeck speaks about rivets and shear areas in the butt joint and lap joint seams. Actually all of this is theoretical passed as fact.'

'After A.S.M.E. came out with the butt joint we were treated with exaggerated drawings showing cracks under the lap seam; however, they never showed any such condition in actual practice.'

'All the spooks in the attic A.S.M.E. found about the lap seam were just that. Also that a lap seam barrel was an imperfect circle we all know. However, as for the difference between working pressure and mathematical bursting pressure, common sense shows that the lap seam was a very safe boiler, in any size.'

'If a butt joint was superior, how come the Phoenix Track Log Hauler of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, built their boilers out of half inch plate, double riveted lap seam? Their steam pressure was 200 to 225 lbs. per square inch.'