SOOT IN THE FLUES


| May/June 2001



Peerless steam engine

John Shirk #2.

JOHN B. SHIRK

I hope you've all ordered your 2001 Show Directory by now, because this colorful, popular book has been moving out of our warehouse very quickly, and there's always the possibility that we will run out later in the season! If you ordered yours early, you ought to have it by now.

As usual, Judy Whiteside was selling Directories and other books down at the annual Boiler farm sale held each year in Lancaster County in late February. Unfortunately the two day sale was subjected to quite a bit of snow and some very low (for our area) temperatures. She reports, though, that she heard lots of nice comments about IMA

Well, we'd better get on to the letters, since there are again quite a few of them, and some really great pictures to share! Our first correspondent will be a familiar one:

GARY YAEGER, 146 Reimer Lane, Whitefish, Montana 59937 (e-mail yaegerg@in-tch.com) writes, 'I'd like to say Happy New Year to you and your subscribers (although this will be belated wishes). I found some pictures I thought might be enjoyed by your readers. I know you will be getting show pictures this time of year, but most people still like some old pictures.

'I have found around fifty pictures of the Big Forty Reeves engines in their original elements not counting the dozens I have of the Smolik Brothers' 40-140 #6867. Friend Melvin Pierce of Scranton, North Dakota, sent picture #1 to me.' I think it is one of the finest pictures of the Big Forty I have, because of the crew. It is an early Canadian Special with the Broderick Brothers' boiler. Notice how the Ham headlight was placed in front of the king post for more efficient lighting. Also notice how they have placed a lantern on the front of the side water tank to illuminate the furrow, when plowing at night.

'Picture #2 is of a 32 HP Reeves U.S. cross compound in Montana's Judith Basin. That's my dad, Joe Yaeger, with his hand on the friction disk guide (power steering) handle. He was looking at it to buy it, but never bought it. It appears that Dad carried it around with him for some time, judging from the poor condition of the picture.'