THE VAN NATTA BROTHERS


| September/October 1958

  • 1904 Model Miniature Steam Train
    A 1904 Model miniature steam train (passenger coaches are not shown). It is being operated by Virgil Van Natta and niece. We expect to operate the steam train weekends and holidays this summer, 1958. Also plan to have some steam engines fired up Saturday
  • Prick Engines
    These two Prick engines were used to heat the Owego Free Academy so that school might remain in session during the time of the 1936 flood. The school boilers were under water. One is a 10 hp. Frick and the other an 8X10 of the same make. George is the one
  • 1916 Model 8x10 Frick
    1916 Model 8x10 Frick owned by the Van Natta Brothers, R. D. 1, Barton, New York. Operated by Virgil Van Natta. See Van Natta letter.
  • Van Natta Sawmill
    The Van Natta sawmill operated by steam. See Van Natta letter.

  • 1904 Model Miniature Steam Train
  • Prick Engines
  • 1916 Model 8x10 Frick
  • Van Natta Sawmill

The Van Natta Brothers WM. VAN NATTA GEO. VAN NATTA

The picture of the sawmill is one of my portable mills operating in 1946. It was powered by 65 hp. Case engine. Between the years of 1946 and 1951 this mill sawed about 5 million feet of lumber. Most of the time I carried 200 lbs. of steam on boiler that was a high pressure Butt Strap boiler.

I operated the engine at higher speeds than the manufacturer's specifications.

Some people that had experience with steam engines told me that I was running it at speeds that were too much for it. On all the bearings I used the best of machine oil and the best steam cylinder oil that I could get.



During that period I put in one new set of rings, also I had some trouble with the governors. The power output was increased greatly because of the higher speed and higher pressure.

This engine was running just as nice when I quit using it as when I bought it. I swapped this boiler to the late Mr. Arthur Young (Kinzers, Pa.) for a 40 hp. traction (Case.) engine.



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