Unique Engine IDENTIFIED Thanks!


| March/April 1975



Steam traction engine

9111 Louis Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

I am sure that many Iron-Men Album readers will remember my article entitled, 'Unique Engine-Unidentified Help!!' which appeared in the Nov.-Dec. 1974 IMA. I had purchased the ? scale steam traction engine at the 1973 Eastern Shore Threshermens and Collectors Association show in Maryland from Mr. Andrew Burr of Baldwin, N.Y. I had been trying to find out who made the engine and when it was built ever since. Since it resembled both a Frick and a Case, I called it a 'Fricase'.

Three things puzzled me about the engine: (1) Why was there a piece of small exhaust pipe still welded in the smokebox unless the original engine had been replaced with a larger one? (2) What was the extra V-pulley doing on the crankshaft when it didn't run anything? and (3) Why was there a flange around the boiler near the smokebox and why was a piece of square stock wrapped around the base of the steam dome and welded in place? It wasn't needed for strength. There was evidence that the engine had a canopy at one time also. I hoped to find the answer to these and other questions about my engine and I certainly did!

I received a number of interesting and informative letters in response to my article and as a result I have made several new friends in Steamland. I thought the IMA readers might like to see how the story unfolded, letter by letter.

Before my copy of the Nov.-Dec. IMA arrived I received a letter from Mr. Edward N. Stauffer, RD2, New Holland, Pa. 17557 telling me that he believed my engine was built several years ago by Mr. Aaron H. Martin, RD2, New Holland, Pa. 17557, who had a blacksmith shop at that time, and Mr. Aaron W. Horning, RD1, Leola, Pa., a machinist. He went on to say that the late Mr. Menno Stoltzfus had the engine at one of the Rough and Tumble shows at Kinzers, Pa. and that it was subsequently sold to a man from Ohio who had it for 2 or 3 years. Mr. Stauffer said he heard that the engine had come back from Ohio and that the original 3-1/2X5 engine had been replaced with a larger one. He said the engine originally had a rotary oil pump driven by a pulley on the crankshaft. Here was a clue to my 'useless' pulley and a possible explanation of my extra piece of exhaust pipe used with the original engine. Mr. Stauffer then added a few details concerning the construction of the engine which convinced me that he had my engine in mind.

The following day I received a card from Mr. Elias S. Beiler, RD1, Leola, Pa. 17540, who stated that my engine had been built by Mr. Aaron H. Martin. He mentioned that Mr. Menno Stoltzfus had the engine and that it was sold to Mr. Dan Stutzman of Middlefield, Ohio and that he in turn sold it to a man from New York. It looked like the puzzle was beginning to fall into place.