SOOT IN THE FLUES


| March/April 1981



Soot in the flues

Well, I suppose many of you realize as I write this, we are in the midst of the Holiday Season and New Year's celebration I realize though as many of you receive this magazine you are more than leafing through the spring seed catalogs, and the new Steam and Gas Directory is in use, or will be soon as you plan your itinerary. I guess you plan your gardens and your reunion trips at the same time and it will probably be more gardens and less traveling for everyone with the price of gas, and the price of food, wouldn't you say? I do know though, the shows will go on and people will get to the ones they possibly can for there is a deep interest in the machinery and a great fondness for being with old friends and fellow enthusiasts sooo here's hoping you all get to quite a few shows and keep us posted of the interesting items and experiences that you all enjoy.

Before the Holidays, I came across this interesting recipe and I think you will all enjoy it. If you like pumpkin pie, I know you will enjoy it here 'tis, please try it, and it's better if you include the nuts.

PUMPKIN PIE CAKE

1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix (remove 1 cup and put aside)
1/2 cup butter, melted 4 eggs
1 large can pumpkin (1 lb., 13 oz.)
2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 small can evap. milk (8 oz.)

Mix remaining cake mix with 1 egg and melted butter and press into greased and floured cake pan. Mix 3 eggs, pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar and milk. Pour over first layer. Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup mix you set aside and put crumbs, with nuts if desired on top. Bake 350° 1 hour. Don't cut while too warm.

First letter coming up deals with some data on Fairmont engines and it is from CRAIG SOLOMONSON, Route 3, Box 601, Cambridge, Minnesota 55008: 'I would like to pass on some information about Fairmont railway engines. I recently obtained a small Fairmont type PHMA, model F-4 engine. I wrote to the factory to see if they might still have records or information about this type of engine. Indeed they do! They sent me not only the instruction book, parts list and service bulletins, but also a copy of the original invoice for the engine I have!

I called Ed McComb, the district manager, to thank him. He told me many parts are still available for older engines. They have been building engines since 1902. He also said they are happy to provide restorers with information, but to be of any help they must know the serial number. Ed also said they have received requests about suspected (old) engines and it turns out many of them were built in the 1950s. Their address is Fairmont Railway Motors, Inc., Fairmont, Minnesota 56031.