| November/December 1995

Our mail for the column is very light this month, which we are hoping is an indicator that our correspondents are all so busy attending engine shows, that they haven't taken the time to write to us this issue. We need to remind you again, that we really want your letters, whether they are stories from the shows you've attended, or other collectors you've met, or engines you're working on or searching for. If you're looking for advice on any aspect of the steam traction engine collecting hobby, give the Soot in the Flues column a chance to lend a hand by connecting you with other readers who might be able to help you. And now, on to our letters:

We received this from MIKE CURTIS, P. O. Box 53, Brooklyn St., Eaton, New York 13334: 'Here in Historic Eaton, we're very interested in our local heritage, and have put together history books on the Wood,

Taber & Morse works, and on the hamlet of Eaton, for our bicentennial. I live across from Allen Wood's first house!

'We, the people and children of Eaton, would like to locate as many of the Wood, Taber & Morse engines that were made in Eaton as we can. No one has ever seen one operate or seen one close up. We also would like to put one in a museum in the near future. Please, if you could, come and visit us.'

MELVIN COLLINS writes: 'I have been a regular reader of IMA for three years. It is the one publication that ranks as a 'must read immediately' when it arrives in the mail. After your encouragement in the July/August issue, I decided to share my story, and pictures, of my steam collection with you and your readers.

'My wife, Barbara, called it serendipity when I told her I had found three steam engines as I searched for a parking place on a downtown San Francisco back street. On the West Coast for a trade show, the last thing I expected was to find three peak condition engines looking for a new owner. The engines, one full size and two half-scale models, were remnants of an estate sale, and had been wheeled out into a parking lot while the auction house reorganized merchandise.