Traction Engine


| July/August 1955



Traction engine

MB. R. L. BOYER, VICE-PRESIDENT & CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE COOPER-BESSEMER CORPORATION, MOUNT VERNON, OHIO, SENT US THIS WONDERFUL PICTURE. WE THEN WROTE HIM FOR A BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF THIS ENGINE AND THE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION CAME CONCERNING IT. WE QUOTE:

One thing I should tell you is that the boiler was not reconditioned. We found the shell completely rusted through on the bottom in one spot and felt that for our purposes it just was not worth rebuilding the boiler. We did put a new smoke box on it and a new stack, but that is about all. We completely overhauled the engine itself and for demonstration purposes we operate the engine on air. As to appearance, the engine looks exactly like a new one for we copied completely the details shown in many sketches we have here that were made at the time this engine was built.

'Unfortunately we do not know the exact date of manufacture. On all other of these old engines we have been able to find they have had the date stamped in the crosshead slide but a complete search has failed to reveal any date on this one. We do know that such engines were built through the 1860's although many of them were built after bringing out the traction engine line in 1875. The fact that this engine has steel wheels indicates it was built after 1875 since we believe that all of them up to that time had wooden wheels. We believe it safe to say that this engine was built between 1875 and 1880.'