STEAM SHOVELS


| September/October 1973

  • Steam Shovel
    This picture was taken at the 3rd lock on the Soo River near Soo City, Michigan. The steam shovel is a Vulcan, made by the Vulcan Steam Shovel Co., of Toledo, Ohio. Note the ''Dinky' pushing the string of 4 cu. yd. side dump cars up to the shovel to be lo
    Wm. Flowers
  • Buycyrus model 65
    This picture was taken near Hibbing, Minnesota mining iron ore. The seam of iron ore was about 300 ft. thick. The owner of the operation was the Oliver Steel Co. The steam shovel was a Buycyrus model 65. Note the chain used to hoist the load. This was bef
    Wm. Flowers
  • Buycyrus Steam Shovel
    An early Buycyrus Steam Shovel working on a railroad job between Mt. Savage and Cumberland, Maryland. The crane man who sets part ways up the boom, and the operator must co-operate or the job was tough on both. The operator hoisted the load and would swin
    Wm. Flowers

  • Steam Shovel
  • Buycyrus model 65
  • Buycyrus Steam Shovel

Adena, Ohio 43901.

My being a steam enthusiast, and working in the coal fields of eastern Ohio, helping keep the huge stripping shovels running, naturally arouses my interest in the steam shovel.

While eating dinner on a repair job on the 'Silver Spade' shovel, several of us fellows got to talking 'steam.' I stated that I would like some pictures of steam shovels to send into 'The Iron-Men Album.' One of the fellows stated that his father had several pictures that were taken when he worked on steam shovels years ago. I asked, him if I could copy some of the pictures.

His father, Mr. C. W. Bahner, had fired, craned, or operated steam shovels in Montana, Minnesota, Michigan, Maryland and Ohio. He operated one of the first electric shovels that ever worked in the Eastern Ohio coal fields. His shovel had been converted from steam to electric. His shovel career spanned nearly 60 years, so he saw 'King Steam' come and go, as far as steam shovels were concerned. He said that he can still hear one particular steam whistle ring in his ears yet!



I'm sure these pictures will refresh memories of some of the old timers and bring awe to some of the younger generation.