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| March/April 2002

Traction Engines and Threshing Machines

A couple of house-cleaning items before we launch into this issue's collection of correspondence and photographs.

First off, the web address for the Pawnee Steam School published in previous issues of Iron-Men Album was incorrect. The correct address should read: We try to get it right, but somehow dropped the ball on this one. Apologies to the Oklahoma Steam Threshing & Gas Engine Association and to any of you who tried unsuccessfully to access their web site with the wrong information.

Secondly, since our listing of steam schools in the January/February issue of Iron-Men Album we've learned of two other steam schools that didn't make our list.

First up is the Carriage Hill Farm Steam School, which will hold classes April 12-14, 2002. The school is going into its 14th year of steam engineering training, with the class limited to 30 students. The emphasis is on classroom instruction with hands-on training, and special attention is also given to safety, boiler construction and practical operating techniques. Tuition is $75, which includes all materials and lunch on Saturday. For more information, contact Nick Krimm at: Steam Operations Group, 7800 E. Shull Rd., Dayton, OH 45424, or e-mail at:

Chris Baldo in California e-mails us that the Roots of Motive Power will hold a class April 6-7, 2002, in Willits, Calif. Tuition for the class, Introduction to Steam Engineering Safety, is $25, and enrollment is limited to 30 students. Emphasis is on classroom presentations, hands-on operation of boilers and steam engines from the Roots of Motive Power collection, and of course safety. For more information, e-mail Chris (, or contact Bobbie Yokum/Registrar, Roots of Motive Power, Steam Engineering School, P.O. Box 1540, Willits, CA 95490.

Case Engines and Rock Crushing

Our first letter this issue comes from faithful contributor Larry Creed, R.R. #13, Box 209, Brazil, IN 47834, who writes: