| May/June 1968

2827 N.E. Hoyt, Portland, Oregon 97232

Yes, Friends, it is about time I was making a sketch or two for my friends to read up on Steam. My wife and I took a big trip this past summer and I will say that Iowa is a great state. We met lots of nice people and the steam engines I saw I will never forget.

You know, I've been told by certain men, that there is a special fellow and if you go to his home, he would take the rest of the day off. Well, if a man wants to come to my house and talk about steam, I will take the day off. When it gets in your blood, you can't help it.

I said one cold morning years ago in the cook wagon with the threshing machine that the syrup was as thick as steam cylinder oil - that steam cylinder oil was good to put on hot cakes (Say, fellows, try it sometime).

Ladies, you know how you women enjoy the program on T.V. called 'Girl Talk'? Well, now you understand.

On our trip to Iowa and toward the Mississippi, we stopped several places. We were in Yellowstone five days and I got some very nice slide pictures, and talked to lots of people on the way. I got some pictures of the worlds largest steam locomotive - Number 4004 in Holiday Park, East Lincoln Way, Cheyenne, Wyoming. This was one of a series of only 25 of this type ever built. It was retired from service on Dec. 21, 1956. I wonder how many times this engine has had its picture taken?


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