Soot In The Flues


| November/December 1975



Soot in the flues

Hi Dear Friends! As you know this is the Christmas issue, but since we publish so early on the Iron-Men Album it is really only the 1st of September as I write this - school starts the day after tomorrow - they say the older you get the faster time flies, well I'll tell you as fast as this summer went, I must have aged ten years - I know each day is precious and I enjoy each 24 hours, but they have never gone speeding by more rapidly than this past summer. But from that statement you must know that I 've been busy, for if one is not busy enjoying living, I imagine time goes very slowly. AND I hate to admit this, but I did not even get to a Steam Engine Reunion this year. We usually get to Kinzers and Williams Grove, but not this time. And I even had a shirt printed for the occasion - it has Iron-Men Album Magazine on the front and Gas Engine Magazine on the back. So, guess I'll have to keep it for next season.

From JAMES L. LEININGER, Box 407, Port Barre, Louisiana, 70577 comes this letter to you all: 'Fellow Steam Enthusiasts! I subscribe to Iron-Men Album and enjoy it very much. I build live steam locomotives in one inch scale, enjoy it very much. I build live steam locomotives in one inch scale, am starting a four inch scale steam traction engine and separator. I belong to fourteen Railroad Historical Societies, one Threshing Association and take numerous magazines. I also collect railroad locomotive black and white photos, water color paintings, and research old time short line railroads.

This photo collecting has led me to writing this letter. I would like to purchase copies of photos of steam traction engines, threshing machines, water wagons and the old Oil Pulls. - Still and action photos. I have wondered why one of your readers has not offered a line of photos of these subjects?? Most railroad photos can be purchased, so why not traction engines? May-be if your magazine pointed this out, some reader would offer these photos for sale. I like one in particular; the 1928 picture of Norman Gervais & Sons Threshing crew in the 1974, November-December Volume 29, No. 2 Iron-Men Album. This would make a perfect wall picture if one had it enlarged. We can interest more young people in these great hobbies if we can show and circulate more photos.

I create quite an interest in the young folks with my locomotive picture collection. I am going to place them all in album form and offer them to schools on a loan basis to show classrooms. I would like to be able to do the same with traction engine and threshing machine photos.

I am an ex-Pennsylvania trainman, but left them soon after they went to Diesel. I was born in Indiana and remember the old threshing rigs.' (Does this letter give someone an idea?)

A note from CHARLES GUM-TOW, 811 Lexington, Lakeland, Florida 33801 stated he wanted to thank us for putting his letter in the Iron-Men Album and he wishes to thank all people who answered it. As he put it, 'It is gratifying to know there are still some salt of the earth people who are willing to help their fellow man.'