SOOT IN THE FLUES


| May/June 1969



Soot in the Flues

Well, the ads are really rolling in for the Steam-Up Season of 1969 and National Threshers Association will be celebrating their 25th Reunion this year - isn't that wonderful? According to that I'd say the organization is going to stay together awhile, wouldn't you? That was the first organization to start the steam reunions and now just look at how many clubs there are - a great hobby that not only satisfies one's desires but preserves the past for the future - we all benefit -whether we realize it or not. And best of luck and good wishes to all of you as you look forward to a happy summer of traveling to the get-togethers.

We are all steamed up with pride right now as we are grandparents for the second time. History and specifications for this particular little 'steamer' are as follows: Manufactured by Mr. and Mrs. H. Edgar Branyan of Bangor, Penna. with the miraculous touch from the Master above - Make of model - male; Weight 8 1b. 1 oz.; length 20 inches; No. 2; Name of model - Lance Chandelor; Characteristics of above mentioned: vociferous, beautiful color, full of horsepower and resembles a sister model brought out in 1966 - name of Stacy Jo. Two real showpieces that along with owners (Ma & Pa) will make a wonderful Reunion for grandparents and Aunts and Uncles in the near future.

And now onto the letters. From William H. Westbrook, Route 2, Forsyth, Georgia 31029 - 'I have a Frick 9 x 12 portable engine and according to the companies records, it was made in 1896. This boiler has 2 inch flues which are obsolete. It needs a complete set of flues. The first flue removed was comparatively good except it was burned off inside the firebox. By cutting off a few inches and welding to a 2 inch tube, I was able to replace three of them. However the last two tubes were completely rusted out and most of the others seem to be in the same condition. If I could enlarge the flue sheet about 1/8 inch, a 2 inch pipe would slip through. Have you ever heard of anyone using a pipe for a boiler tube?'

Well, I don't understand what Bill is talking about but I know some of you steam buffs are already thinking of answering him.

A nice chat through a letter came to us from Lyman Matthews, 1302-6th Ave. N. E., Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401. Lyman states: I first subscribed in 1950 or 1951 and what a thrill the magazines were as they renewed what I never expected to enjoy anymore ever and the Iron-Men Album has been getting better throughout the years. We have really enjoyed many reunions, both at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and Rollag, Minnesota and other smaller shows what a boost to life they are! The stories, write-ups and pictures in the last issue are really outstanding, especially The Dream of The Hell Bound Train.

'A year ago when I sent in my renewal I requested some information on the Bryant steam engine and in the May-June issue last year you made it known about my wishes and I received letters containing pictures, write-ups and details of the Bryant from 12 swell persons from Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, California, Nebraska, Montana and British Columbia and I answered all and wish to thank them again.'