Steam Enthusiasts Gather At Rough & Tumble Museum For SEMINAR


| July/August 1989



308 East Deny Road Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033

A seminar on boiler safety and water treatment presented on Rough and Tumble Museum's grounds at Kinzer, Pennsylvania, recently was well accepted. The audience of 55 represented an almost ten-fold increase over the number of attendees at the first such seminar given in 1988.

The group included long-time hobbyists, working industrial maintenance personnel, plumbing and heating contractors, two military men one from the Air Force and one from the Navy whose jobs had to do with steam power, a marine steam engineer, operating and shop people from two steam excursion railroads, and a representative of at least one other museum concerned with steam-powered equipment.

Although most of the attendees came from Pennsylvania, the states of New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Ohio and Maine were represented. The attendee from Maine, a steam launch enthusiast, made the 600-mile one way trip just for the day's class.

Everett Young, son of Rough and Tumble's founder, Arthur Young, was pleased to find that John Sti-brary who had come to the seminar from Dayton, Ohio, was the grandson of Ralph Green. Ralph had been a director and worker at Rough and Tumble back in the 1950's when Art Young had been the president. Green brought his daughter's son with him in those days. Today John is very much involved with the Dayton-Montgomery County Park where an 1898 Empire steam traction engine and a 1924 Peerless are under his stewardship.

R T board member, Everett Young, a semi-retired boiler expert, started off the program with pointers on what to look for when purchasing an older boiler. He outlined the various trouble spots peculiar to various makes of boilers and told how to appraise and evaluate a boiler before purchasing one.