Steam School: Find the Steam Training You Need With Our List of Courses

At a steam school, learn all about steam engine operation

As any steamer worth his or her salt knows, there’s no substitute for experience – except, perhaps, a little schooling. The old timers appreciated this fact, too, conducting steam schools to help train bright minds ready to work in the field with what was then state-of-the-art equipment. It was a priority then, and it’s still a priority today.
Our listing is compiled from information sent by readers and through contact made to schools that have operated in previous years. As such, there may be schools we have omitted, and we encourage readers to alert us to any schools we haven’t listed. 

If you know of a school that is not listed here, please contact us at Steam Traction, 1503 S.W. 42nd St., Topeka, KS 66609; e-mail:

Steam School

Carriage Hill Farm Metropark
Dayton, Ohio
April 3-6
The cost is $175, and covers all materials and lunches. Class size is limited to 40 participants.
Accredited by the Ohio Historical Steam Board to provide the training required qualifying for a Historical Boiler Operator license.
The class will cover all aspects of Ohio’s new historical boiler laws as well as the proper and safe way to operate our boilers. There will be “hot” engines both weekends with plenty of hands-on time. On the last Sunday you will be given the Carriage Hill steam test, and if successful, you will be given a certificate that the Ohio testing facility will accept as proof of training. The State of Ohio Boiler Inspectors will also be present to administer the state test to those who are interested.
For further information and application form, contact:
Nick Krimm
Carriage Hill Farm Metropark Steam Group
7600 Shull Road
Huber Heights, OH 45424

11th Annual Somerset Steam School

Somerset Steam and Gas Engine Assn.
Somerset, Va.
April 12-13, 2008
Fairfield View Dairy Farm. The cost is $75, registration is required. Includes all materials and two lunches.
For more information, contact:
Bill Roberts
14375 Blue Ridge Turnpike
P.O. Box 492
Somerset, VA 22972
(540) 672-2495

Old Threshers Reunion Steam School

Midwest Old Threshers
Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
May 2-4, 2008
Registration required. Tuition is $30, which includes materials and two noon meals. Emphasis on classroom and hands-on experience. First day consists of class work with slides, videos and discussions. Second day consists of hands-on operation.
For more information, contact:
Terry McWilliams
Public Relations and Marketing
405 E. Threshers Road
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641
(319) 385-8937

8th Annual Steam School

Heritage Park of North Iowa
Forest City, Iowa
May 17-18, 2008
Tuition is $25, which covers the cost of lunches and handouts for both days. This is a beginner’s class. Class emphasis is on types of boilers, basic boiler operation, safety devices, proper boiler start up and shut down procedures, use of injectors and pumps, forced draft induction, firing a boiler under load, holding constant steam pressure and how to handle emergency situations.
Steam engine topics will include basic operation of the steam engine, starting and stopping the engine, how the valve gear works, how a steam engine governor works and how to lubricate the engine and drive train. Under supervision of instructors, students will steam-up and be provided the opportunity to get some hands-on experience operating several steam traction engines.
At the conclusion of the class, a test modeled on the Minnesota Hobby Engineer’s Test is administered to interested students.
For more information, contact:
Jerred Ruble, Director of Shows
Heritage Park of North Iowa
754 342nd St.
Hanlontown, IA 50444
(641) 797-2697


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