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The State of New Jersey is offering two steam-driven
Fairbanks-Morse Underwriter Fire Pumps to anyone who will load them
and haul them away. If your organization is looking for outstanding
exhibition pumps, here’s your chance.

Present location of the pumps is at the powerhouse of the
Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, Trenton, N.J. Thomas A. Hychalk,
principal engineer of the State Department of Human Services, who
told us of the offer, listed this data from the nameplate:

Fairbanks-Morse, Chicago; Underwriter Fire Pump; 20x12x16;
Capacity, 1500 gallons per minute or 6 good 11/8 inch smooth nozzle
streams; full speed60 revolutions per minute; Never let steam get
below 50 pounds at night or Sundays or any other time.

You can call Hychalk at (609) 984-0877.


Blueprints of river steamships which plied the Hudson during the
peak days of that form of transportation, have been given to the
South Street Seaport Museum in New York City.

The collection, consisting of over 5,000 drawings of steamboats,
paddlewheels and engines, was the gift of the Bethlehem Steel
Shipyard at Hoboken, N.J., which has sold its yard.

All the blueprints came from W. & A. Fletcher Co., top
steamship and marine engine manufacturer. It did pioneer work on
the walking-beam engine, steam turbine engine and a ferryboat which
was an innovation it could go into reverse without having to turn

If you want more information, write to John B. Hightower,
director of the South Street Seaport Museum.

Craig S. Thompson’s 1914 Frick 8 x 10 traction engine being
operated by Cletus Somers, who used to run it for the original
owner; the small vertical steam engine to the left is a 2 HP Geiser
engine made approximately 1905. Photo taken at the 1982 Somerset
Steam and Gas Association Show, Somerset, Virginia, and sent to us
by Thompson.


Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine is seeking $160,000 for
erection of an addition to expand its space.

It now has 40,000 square feet for its collection of vehicles and
engines; it wants to build an addition of 9,500 square feet. Costs
include blasting, installation of heat, fire and theft protection,
and humidity control. It needs storage space. The $160,000 goal
includes pledges from members and friends, and matching funds.

To aid, send gifts to Owls Head Transportation Museum, Dept. X,
Owls Head, Maine 04854.


If you are interested in or collect air horns or steam whistles,
join a growing association of fellow enthusiasts who make up the
newly formed group called the Horn and Whistle Enthusiasts.

Formally launched in October, 1982, and with a mailing list
already approaching the 100 mark, this group is dedicated to the
history, development and application of horns and whistles in
marine, factory, and railroad service, for warning and

A bi-monthly publication, THE HORN AND WHISTLE, provides a forum
for technical articles, reprints of rare out-of-print technical
data and sales literature, detailed reviews of selected devices,
members in the news, questions and answers, buy-sell interests,

Individuals interested in learning more are invited to write the
organization at 140 Forest Avenue, Glen Ridge, New Jersey

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