SOOT IN THE FLUES


| July/August 1998



Soot in the Flues

Once again, we've got a good number of letters, and we're getting stories from a lot of people who seem to be new to the hobby, as well. Please don't be discouraged if you don't think of yourself as a Shakespeare our readers are really more interested in what you have to say than whether you have won prizes for writing! So send in your stories and feel confident that what interests one steam traction engine fancier will surely interest some others!

And now that you'll be on the road again going to shows, don't forget to take some pictures of the interesting engines and people you meet along the way, and send them in for publication! And now to the letters . . .

This couple of photos may be of interest to your magazine readers,' says GORDON McLEAN, Box 1404, Beaverlodge, Alberta, Canada TOH OCO.

'Photo #1 was taken in 1941 in a sawmill site in northern Alberta, Canada. The location was approximately 15-20 miles northeast of the little community of Valhalla and was in the middle of a tract of timber which lasted about 12-15 years. The engine is, of course, a 110 HP Case but I don't know its year. The engineer was Ted McLean, and Allan Lowe was the fireman shown standing on the platform. Allan says the engine was in bad shape by this time and was carrying only 120 p.s.i. It only ran the head saw.

'When this picture was taken, they were sawing logs from a burn area which resulted in very dirty work. The lumber was hauled out of the mill site by team and sleigh, up to distances of 30 miles. Wherever possible, they would saw bridge timbers three inches thick by whatever other dimension they could get. The engine and sawmill was owned by Art Haugston (not sure of spelling on his last name).

'As near as we can establish, the engine was eventually cut up for scrap.