| May/June 1966

  • Steam Train
    Courtesy of Mr. Henry J. McMillan Galva, Illinois
    Henry J. McMillan Galva

  • Steam Train

I read with great interest the ad of John Cleverdon of Caldwell Idaho in the issue of Iron Men Album. It so happens I sold this steam Train to John a few years ago, and is always the case no more steam trains than there are, each one has a history with it. There was a particular quirk on this one. The gentleman whom I bought the train from told me it was used at the Railroad Fair in Chicago, and I assumed it was made about that time, and when I sold it to John I told him the same thing. I had a picture of it.

I sent to Mr. A.B. Jeffirs of Piedmont, Mo. who was an authority on miniature steam trains, and lo and behold, Jeff sent me back a picture of himself setting on the train when he was about fifteen years old, in 1915. It was in Riverview Park in Chicago, which is a large amusement park; this train must have traveled several hundred thousand miles and made as many dollars for its owners. It operated there until 1942 when it was sold, and from all appearances and operation, this train was and is in perfect shape. If any one is in a market for a real train, I don't hesitate to recommend this one. In fact John said it runs better when its loaded down than when it's half empty.