Steaming With The Mid-South Flywheelers


| July/August 1988


Route 1, Box 39M Mason, Tennessee, 38049

The Mid-South Flywheelers had their second annual show at the Agricenter International located near Memphis, Tennessee, August 20th-22nd, 1987. David Rayburn displayed our only steam engine. He ran his horizontal stationary engine on the compressed air supplied by a diesel engine. Children and grownups both really enjoyed watching the engine run and blowing the steam whistles.

It's almost spring and times really have changed. A dilapidated steam tractor, that had been used as a portable sat in front of a business on one of the main streets of Memphis for several years. Many times one or another of our members have practically stopped traffic as they drove by slowly. Last fall one of our members finally convinced the owner to sell. Memphis Manufacturing Company was hired to rebuild the boiler and the engine. As the work was progressing, our member heard of a Huber traction engine for sale. He bought it too!

Other members were also busy working with steam. Joe McCraw bought a vertical portable York that another member, John Alexander, had begun turning into a horizontal engine. Joe did a fine job this winter. He has his own foundry and cast several parts in bronze that really set off the engine. Now he's restoring a pre-Civil War 30 saw Eagle cotton gin which he plans to power with his steam engine. Still another member, Tony Bakken, has started on a miniature traction engine.

Our show this August should be bigger and better with the addition of live steam, as well as the other items our members have purchased and restored such as hay presses, more gas engines of all sizes, drag saws, bark saws, and hopefully some horse and mule people will exhibit their farm equipments






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