SOOT IN THE FLUES


| November/December 1959



Soot in the flues

Hi Everyone, surely hope you've had fun this summer touring the Reunions. I unfortunately didn't get to any, but the other day Earlene and I did get up to Williams Grove (Pennsylvania) for a little while to the first Reunion held there. They had quite a wonderful exhibition for the first year, I thought. Look for the write-up elsewhere in the ALBUM I know a lot more of you folks will meet Elmer this year as he is away for a month hitting all the Reunions he is able to, and we know he must be having a wonderful time.

Wanted to mention that a letter from W. Otis Mason of Augusta, Georgia, he told me of a 'Tweetsie' Railroad that all steam engine addicts should visit. The scenery is out of this world. The railroad was first charted in 1866 as the Tennessee & Pacific Railroad Co., but never was built except from Johnson City to Boone. It was used until it became obsolete to haul freight and passengers across the mountains. The present Carolina owners purchased the rolling stock from Gene Autry and at stupendous expense restored it, last year, to its present mountain setting after building the most famous three miles east of the Rockies. Many other attractions there also, incidentally this is between Blowing Rock and Boone, North Carolina. But one of the things that impressed me was the fact that on the ride you go over the trestle into a gulch and look what happens the train is attacked by Indians. Wouldn't that be thrilling, especially to the kids. Mr. Mason said to tell the kids to bring 'six shooters' to help the train crew fight off the Indian attack. Sure hope to see this some day myself (I'll always be a kid at heart, you know).

Another letter recently from Has well Spivey, 210 Lillian St., Owosso, Michigan, urges the young folks to write and tell what type of steam traction engine they would build if they could. He knows they would find interest in working with steam as a hobby and also be building the future Reunions. Not a bad idea, let's hear from you.

I want to tell you folks, I really do appreciate all your letters and notes even if you don't hear from me personally. It makes us seem like old friends