TEEN-AGE LETTER


| July/August 1960

  • Compound Steam Engine

  • 20 HP Minneapolis
    Here is a picture of my 20 hp Minneapolis, with 28' Red River Special Separator threshing wheat at The Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, Fort Scott, Kansas. The Minneapolis engine No. 8516 spent her entire working career pulling a Red River Special Separator 3

  • Compound Steam Engine
  • 20 HP Minneapolis

Dear Uncle Elmer,

A while ago you wrote you were going to print a teen-age page. I have read a few boys' letters with interest, so I thought I should write too.

I don't have any engines, except a small upright, which Dad got for us boys once. It's a Weeden, with about a 3/8' bore by ?' stroke (no reverse valve). It is fired by alcohol and runs fine.

I would like to build a small working model some day. I have a list of things which it takes to make one from a bicycle pump. I got it and some interesting information from the Encyclopedia.



Although I'm only 16, I have that old-fashioned steam fever in my blood already.

My Dad has a 21-75 Baker, No. 17787, a good 28 x 46 John Deere steel thresher, an 8 roll Rosenthal husker, a Gehl silo filler and a Corley 440 sawmill, all in good mechanical condition. So reading the interesting ALBUM isn't all history to us.