Spring Comes Early, To Kentucky This Year

| November/December 1995

  • 40 HP J. I. Case

  • J.I. Case 40 HP engine

  • 40 HP J. I. Case
  • J.I. Case 40 HP engine

1508 Kentucky 1080 Calhoun, Kentucky 42327

Chady Atteberry and Rick Apple pulling the hill with a 40 HP J. I. Case at Old Hickory Farms, McLean County, Kentucky. See 'Spring Comes Early to Kentucky This Year,' by Thomas G. Lee, for the full story.

Sunday, March 19, 1995, was a beautiful, very warm day. With good steam friends wanting to fire up an engine and the temperature in the 70s. we couldn't wait any longer. The following were on hand at Old Hickory Farms: Chady Atteberry of Black well. Oklahoma; David Fultz, Greensboro, North Carolina; Rick Apple, Castalian Springs, Tennessee; and Walter Cook. Livermore, Kentucky.

With water already in the boiler and wood in the firebox, the 40 HP Case was pulled out of the shop. David Fultz lit the fire and raised steam while Chady Atteberry and Walter Cook made adjustments on the engine. Before long there was enough steam to blow the first whistle. During the remainder of the day around 30 different whistles were blown. Many of the whistles were from steam locomotives, including single chime, 3 chime, 5 chime and 6 chime. Steamboat and factory whistles were also blown, including an 8' diameter 3 chime Buckeye and 10' diameter 3 chime Lunkenheimer.

By early afternoon many friends and neighbors, upon hearing the whistles, dropped by to see the engine and enjoy the whistles. Other afternoon guests were Eddie James and Joe Wirth, both of Owensboro, Kentucky, and Mr. and Mrs. Brad Albright of Webster, Kentucky.

Due to the unusually dry weather and summer-like temperatures, the ground was dry enough to run the engine around the farm. Everyone got a turn at the throttle and blowing as many whistles as they wanted.


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