Steam Hauler

Waiting for its Second Chance, a Scale Minneapolis Makes the Rounds on the Back of a Restored IHC


| September/October 2003



Joe Steinhagen's scale Minneapolis

Joe Steinhagen's scale Minneapolis on parade, riding on the back of his immaculate 1952 IHC L150. The Minneapolis, modeled on a 20 HP simple, is set to be restored soon.

Joe Steinhagen's scale Minneapolis on parade, riding on the back of his immaculate 1952 IHC L150. The Minneapolis, modeled on a 20 HP simple, is set to be restored soon.

Stanley Skatberg of Alexandria, Minn., built this little -scale Minneapolis in the early 1960s. It was featured in an issue of Iron-Men Album around the same time, and I saw it run at his shop in the mid-1970s. That was before the steam bug bit me, and all I thought when I saw it was, 'now that's cute,' never dreaming I would own it one day.

After Stanley died in the early 1990s I heard his family was selling the little steamer, but they wanted quite a sum for it. Some are worth top dollar, but this one, with a boiler that had already been condemned by the state of Minnesota, was not.

I lost track of it for many years, and then I found it setting in a junk pile in Nelson, Minn. For the next few years, every time I was in Nelson I visited the engine. Finally, when I noticed it wouldn't turn over anymore, I decided it was time to do something with it.

After a nation-wide search I found Stanley's son living in Colorado, and I purchased the engine from him for considerably less than the original asking price.