Traction Engine Stories

Traction Engine Stories of the Past and Present

| May 2006

  • Randy Schwerin, Sumner, Iowa, sends us this great shot of his 30 HP Case traction engine with a butt-strap boiler, serial no. 33523, built in 1916
    Schwerin Photo #1: Randy Schwerin, Sumner, Iowa, sends us this great shot of his 30 HP Case traction engine with a butt-strap boiler, serial no. 33523, built in 1916.
  • E.C. “Big Mac” McMillan and Charlie Stark (left) in 1952, Joyland Park, Wichita, Kan.
    Atteberry Photo #1: E.C. “Big Mac” McMillan and Charlie Stark (left) in 1952, Joyland Park, Wichita, Kan. They are on Big Mac’s world famous Elgin Watch 40 HP Case. Charlie is now the president of the Springfield, Mo., show.
  • William Beseler, the owner and operator of the Reeves steam engine
    Wolfe Photo #1: William Beseler, the owner and operator of the Reeves steam engine. The photo was taken around 1912 by Carl Beseler, William’s brother.
  • Big Mac with a 40 HP Case at Bird City, Kan., in the early 1950s.
    Atteberry Photo #3: Big Mac with a 40 HP Case at Bird City, Kan., in the early 1950s.
  • Big Mac on Old Abe threshing in Cottonwood River bottoms near Emporia, Kan.
    Atteberry Photo #2: Big Mac on Old Abe threshing in Cottonwood River bottoms near Emporia, Kan. Big Mac was very high on Case compounds, as was his friend LeRoy Blaker on Port Huron compound engines.
  • Big Mac performing at the Michigan State Fair in 1955. This is a 30 HP Case on the high block.
    Atteberry Photo #4: Big Mac performing at the Michigan State Fair in 1955. This is a 30 HP Case on the high block.

  • Randy Schwerin, Sumner, Iowa, sends us this great shot of his 30 HP Case traction engine with a butt-strap boiler, serial no. 33523, built in 1916
  • E.C. “Big Mac” McMillan and Charlie Stark (left) in 1952, Joyland Park, Wichita, Kan.
  • William Beseler, the owner and operator of the Reeves steam engine
  • Big Mac with a 40 HP Case at Bird City, Kan., in the early 1950s.
  • Big Mac on Old Abe threshing in Cottonwood River bottoms near Emporia, Kan.
  • Big Mac performing at the Michigan State Fair in 1955. This is a 30 HP Case on the high block.

OLD HEDTKE CASE

Paul Weber, 921 Logan Lick Road, Winchester, KY 40391-8781; (859) 744-7793, dug through his files after seeing an auction ad listed on page 29 of the January/February 2006 issue. We liked the photo so much, we decided to put it on the cover. Paul writes:

This photo is of the Case 110 HP sold at the Hedtke estate auction in October 2005, which brought $155,000.

The photo was taken at the George Hedtke show about 35 years ago using a 4-by-5-inch view camera - does anyone use cut film anymore? The weather had been rainy and the day was overcast and hazy, which accounts for the rather "flat" look of the photo. Harry Woodmansee is the man on the throttle, but unfortunately I did not get the names of the other people in the photo.

30 HP CASE

Randy Schwerin, 3040 160th, Sumner, IA 50674, sends us a photo of his latest engine. Randy writes:



I thought it was high time to furnish the good readers of Steam Traction a photo of my latest engine in my collection here on the farm.

This is a late-style 30 HP Case traction engine with a butt-strap boiler, serial no. 33523, built in 1916. This little gem was located thanks to my good friend Ed Gladkowski, a Steam Traction reader who lives in Houston, Texas. Ed happened to be on a road trip in south Texas and came across this little Case, took a couple of photos, sent them to me, and as they say, the rest is history. I wanted to take an opportunity to thank Ed for his help with this. Without good friends our hobby sure wouldn't be as meaningful.



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