STEAM ENGINE BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP


| November/December 1980



Engine

Reprinted with permission of the Indianapolis News, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206

He put it together a piece at a time, sometimes laboring well past midnight in his garage.

When the last bolt was tightened, and Harold Stark fired up the boiler on his hand-crafted working half-size model of a 1909 steam engine, he realized he had completed a 'monumental task.'

And the joy of seeing it work was beyond description, said the 57-year-old Allison employee.

The feelings of accomplishment and joy he experienced last July involved more than simply completing a painstaking task he began in 1973.

The steam engine sitting in Stark's garage at 3215 S. Meridian is a scaled-down duplicate of one that fascinated him when he was a boy growing up on a farm in Rush County.