Steam Engine's Talk' Music to Their Ears

Pioneer Engineer Club Holds Reunion

| January/February 1969

  • Steam-powered saw
    ''BUZ SAWYER''-A member of the Pioneer Engineer Club of Indiana guides a log as it is cut by a steam-powered saw. A sawmill at the exhibition of old steam farm equipment was run from a power takeoff on a steam tractor. (AP Wire photo)
  • Case steamer
    STEAMERS, BIG AMD LITTLE-Scale model of a farm steam tractor is overshadowed by an original Case steamer during parade of the Pioneer Engineer Club of Indiana. Members spend $3,000 hauling their old farm implements to the site each time they hold an exhib

  • Steam-powered saw
  • Case steamer

(The following write up was sent to us by an unnamed member of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana -I wrote the Newspaper The Muncie Star and they very generously gave us their permission to use this article in our magazine. Thank you, Larry Shorbe, City Editor for your answer and permission.)


RUSHVILLE (AP) The sign said, 'All Boilers Safety Inspected.' It was reassuring.

Treading the ground of the hollow were hissing, creaking, well-worn steam engines, the machines which did America's heavy farm work until a quarter century ago.

The occasion was the 20th annual reunion of the Pioneer Engineer Club of Indiana. Each summer the club stages an old-time threshing exhibition typical of dozens throughout the nation.

WISPS OF SMOKE and the soft 'chuff-chuff-chuff-chuff' of the engines drifted up from the hollow. The air was filled with the hot smell of wood and coal smoke, lubricating oil and boiler compound.

In the middle of the hollow, the scent of fresh sawdust mingled with the smell of machinery. One of the old engines was driving an old portable sawmill. The men heaved logs and cut lumber as they did several decades ago, but this was for fun.


Farm Collector April 16Farm Collector is a monthly magazine focusing on antique tractors and all kinds of antique farm equipment. If it's old and from the farm, we're interested in it!

Save Even More Money with our SQUARE-DEAL Plan!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our SQUARE-DEAL automatic renewal savings plan. You'll get 12 issues of Farm Collector for only $24.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of Farm Collector for just $29.95.

Facebook Pinterest YouTube


click me