Last issue’s “mystery” engine generated four
correct identifications of what is a fairly obscure steam traction
The first correct identification came from William R.
Vandermaas, Howe, Ind., who wrote:
“While looking at my last issue of Steam Traction I
arrived at the Spalding’s Corner column to, again, try to identify
the mystery engine. I enjoy that column so much but have not until
now made a response. I’ve done quite well figuring out the various
“I’m pretty sure this issue’s photo shows a Lang & Button
engine, manufactured in Ithaca, N.Y., around 1900 or later. From
the information I have the drive wheel tread would indicate the
build date to be from 1890s to early 1900s. The big toolbox between
the steering wheels, the high mount water tank and the star cast
into the smokebox door (slightly off center) make identification
“I already have a copy of Prof. P.F. Rose’s handy little book,
but if I should happen to be the lucky winner, I shall give the
book to a young ‘in just getting started in steaming.
“Thanks for the good job on a great old magazine, keep up the
very good work.”
Jonas Stutzman, Brad Vosburg, Paul Stolzfoos and Luke Nelson
also correctly identified the engine.
Congratulations William, your copy of Prof. P.F. Rose’s
Steam Engine Guide is on the way!
Also, we should note we received two correct answer’s to the
“mystery” engine in the September/October 2005 issue, not the
single answer we reported. Apologies to Curtis Cook, who also
identified the 10 HP 1884 Gaar-Scott.
This month’s mystery engine comes, as usual, courtesy of
John Spalding, 112 Carriage Place, Hendersonville,
TN 37035 (email@example.com).
As ever, a free copy of Prof. P.F. Rose’s Steam Engine
Guide goes to the first person to correctly identify the
engine, by mail.