Last issue’s “mystery” engine was a bit of a head-scratcher,
with only two correct answers. The first came from Paul Barrett
who, hailing from London, Ontario, Canada, might have a built-in
advantage. Paul writes:
“I believe the engine is an early George White. My reasons to
believe this are the disc wheel wrist pin oiler commonly used on a
George White, and the tool box decal is oval like the George White.
And if you look behind the chimney, you can make out a small gear
commonly used on an Acorn oiler, which George White used on their
early engines. This engine looks to be about 1900s vintage.”
Frederick Sheppard, Brimley, Mich., also recognized the engine,
writing: “In regards to Spalding’s Corner mystery engine in the
May/June issue, I believe the engine is a George White & Sons
Co. of London, Ontario, Canada.
“Great job with Steam Traction, I enjoy it very
This month’s mystery engine comes, as usual, courtesy of John
Spalding, 112 Carriage Place, Hendersonville, TN 37075
This is another lesser-known engine, and the first person to
correctly identify it gets a free copy of Prof. P.F. Rose’s
Steam Engine Guide. Good steaming!