A Tale of Resurrection

| July/August 1962

6131 Savio Drive, (Affton) St. Louis 23, Missouri

At this stage, the fine work being done by the group gradually faltered and eventually ceased altogether. Circumstances bringing this about were beyond their control. It appeared uncertain there would ever be resumption of work stall necessary to restore 714 to operative condition, or prevent new serious deterioration. And thus once again, there hovered in the background the threat of the ever-present junkman. In contrast to prior hopes, the outlook seemed bleak indeed.

But happily, again, not for long. A new admirer, who has restored and presently owns other engines plus a great variety of early-day relics, became interested. Having faith and vision that all could finally be made shipshape, so to speak, ownership Was acquired and he then plunged into the uncompleted program with zeal and vigor.

Now completely restored to regal and colorful splendor, original stateliness, and near perfect mechanical operation, 714 is presently owned by Louis A. Kunz, Highway 141 and Vandover Road near Valley Park, Missouri. In retrospection, Mr. Kunz readily concedes he has devoted practically all spare time for the better part of two years to prettying up the very appropriate one and is an in-'Princess'. This name he considers a dictation of his warm pride in her. Admiration is also plainly evident among the many visitors who come to see 'Princess' and perchance, to pay court to her Royal Highness or to watch her unusual performance.

And well they might extend their approval. For truthfully she is loaded with class and just as attractive as any one of her kind can ever be. Her tall dome, which encases the lower portion of the wood-burner type smokestack (a unique feature for supplying drier steam to the cylinder) and her boiler, are enameled a glossy jet black. Engine frame and cylinder, link valve gear, etc., sport a rich shade of green. Gearing, axles, piping, platform, flywheel, etc., fire engine red. A brilliant 'Jumbo' yellow on all wheels with rims of bright aluminum complete the ensemble. An abundance of brass or bronze fittings, plates, gauges and other items, brightly polished to form a vivid contrast, adds to the tone of elegance.

Operation under steam is quite interesting; handling on road even more so. Traction wheels are fifty-eight inches overall diameter and have eight and three-quarter inch cast rim with shallow grouters. These show little or no wear. With drivers of such comparatively small diameter and size of bull gears correspondingly reduced, locating differential and countershaft ahead of firebox necessitated positioning rear axle stubs well forward on boiler sides.