STEAM AT STONELICK


| March/April 1968

  • A.C. Generator
    A view of the 5'' x 5'' steam engine and the 5 KW A.C. Generator. The shop can be heated with the exhaust steam. Photo by Frank Pence.
    Frank Pence
  • 10 Hp  Lattner Boiler
    The10 Hp. Lattner Boiler. Photo by Frank Pence.
    Frank Pence
  • Bi-Polar Generator
    The bell and headlight from a New York Central Locomotive. Note also - the old Bi-Polar Generator. Photo by George Laycock.
    George Laycock
  • Whistles
    A view of the whistles. The one on the right is from a New York Central Locomotive. Photo by George Laycock.
    George Laycock
  • Beam engines
    The air pressure reducer for the popcorn and walking beam engines. Photo by George Laycock.
    George Laycock
  • Keck-Gonnerman engine
    The 22 Hp. Keck-Gonnerman engine pulling the Huber Separator. Photo by Frank Pence.
    Frank Pence
  • Pump motors
    A view of the south and west sides of the room showing various engines, pumps, motors and generators. Photo by George Laycock.
    George Laycock
  • Coal burning locomotive
    Clarence and the 3/4'' scale model 4-8-4 coal burning locomotive. Photo by Charles Laycock.
    Charles Laycock

  • A.C. Generator
  • 10 Hp  Lattner Boiler
  • Bi-Polar Generator
  • Whistles
  • Beam engines
  • Keck-Gonnerman engine
  • Pump motors
  • Coal burning locomotive

(The article 'Steam at Stonelick' is about the collection of steam engines by my father-in-law, Mr. Clarence Ragland. The man in the various pictures is Mr. Ragland.)

Driving east of Cincinnati, Ohio, along U.S. Route 50 you'll find nestled in the Little Miami River valley a small community called 'Stonelick'. Here Clarence Ragland operates a large grain farm. But his real love is for the smoke, grime, and noise of his steam engines.

Love for steam engines goes back to Mr. Ragland's childhood. At that time everything was done by steam. Threshing and silo filling were especially exciting to him and his brother. He recalls how they would think of every way possible to get on or close to the steam engine. On one occasion, at the age of seven, Mr. Ragland became a hero. This is the way he tells the story.

'I was on the engine and the engineer had gone up to the silo cutter to grease it. Something broke and was tearing up the machine. Somehow I got the engine stopped. I thought I was a big hero then.'



Additional steam interest grew in Mr. Ragland's heart as a child. While playing around the long switch of the N and W railroad, located on the home farm, he and his brother used to talk to the engineers. Somehow they were able to convince some to let them ride from one end of the switch to the other. The mile walk back didn't seem long at all.

Today in a museum-like farm shop one finds sixteen steam engines and an assortment of pumps, motors, generators, locomotive headlamps, bells and whistles. One of the most useful is a 5' x 5' horizontal steam engine coupled to a 5 kilowatt A.C. Generator. The power generated can be used to run shop machines such as the lathe, shaper, milling machine, and drills. This 5' x 5' engine was secured, as most were, from the junk yard. It was covered with water in the big 1937 Ohio River flood. The engine today doesn't look like it was in such bad condition that Mr. Ragland had to shape patterns and cast parts to rebuild it.



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