Waterloo, Case, Huber and More: Reader Letters Reveal a Steam Engine Variety

Russell, Minneapolis, Nichols & Shepard among engines in our mailbag

| Fall 2006

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    Allen Leis' 1918 Waterloo 20-22 HP steam engine.
  • Waterloo-1918-Leis-wrapped
    Allan Leis' 1918 Waterloo engine, ready for Christmas.
  • 1918_Waterloo-cage-Leis
    Allen Leis' 1918 Waterloo 20-22 HP steam traction engine in prep mode for storage.
  • Upright-steam-engine-Goff
    Gilbert Goff is searching for more information on this 1-1/2 foot tall upright steam engine.
  • Pawnee-steam_show-Stark2
    Pawnee Steam School instructors, from left, Ray Vaughn, Harold Stark, Joe Graziana, Chady Atteberry, Mace Archer and Bruce Babcock. Harold Stark shared this photograph with us.
  • Pawnee-steam-show-stark
    Joe Graziana (left) with Shawn Stewart at the Pawnee Steam School. Harold Stark shared this photograph with us.
  • Upright-engine_Peaster
    Another view of Larry Peaster's upright steam engine, which  he is searching for more information about.
  • Upright-steam-engine-Peaster
    Larry Peaster's upright steam engine, which he is searching for more information about.
  • Pawnee-steam-show-wedding-vow
    Chady Atteberry with Brian and Beverly Tracy during the exchange of vows. Mark Corson shared the photo with us.
  • 40HP-Case-Ross
    A Case 40 HP, pre-1915 engine appears in this photo taken in 1986. It's among the stash of photos John Ross sent our way.
  • Pawnee-steam-show-wedding
    Brian and Beverly (Atteberry) Tracy. Brian and Beverly exchanged their vows on May 6, 2006, at Pawnee Steam Park, Pawnee, Okla. Mark Corson shared the photo with us.
  • 50HP-Case_Ross
    A 50 HP Case now owned by the Dollinger family, Minooka, Ill., appears in this photo taken in 1956. John Ross shared the image with us.
  • 24HP-Minneapolis-Ross
    This 24 HP Minneapolis owned by Terry Bodine, here in a photo taken in 1984, is always at the Skinner Farm Museum in Perrysville, Ind. John Ross writes that he has seen the engine at several shows.
  • OilPull_H_Ross
    An OilPull H, on a trailer, taken at the first OilPull get-together in La Porte, Ind., in 1988. The original OilPull factory stood where the photo was taken, John Ross writes in the letter he sent with the photo.
  • Nichols-Shepard-Ross
    A Nichols & Shepard, in a photo John Ross thinks was taken in 1980.
  • 20HP-Huber-Ross
    Albert Grimkey's of Michigan City, Ind., had this 20 HP Huber in his backyard in 1988, John Ross writes. 
  • 16HP_Nichols-Shepard-Ross
    A 20 HP Greyhound belted to John Ross' American no. 1 sawmill provides the power to saw a 10-foot white oak, at a show at the Lake County Fairgrounds in 1984.
  • Russell-Portable-Ross
    A Russell portable made it to the Lake County show in about 1998, John Ross writes. The Kester family of Crete, Ill., still owns this Russell, which came from their father.
  • 30HP-Case-Cochran-Ross
    A 30 HP Case appears in a shot taken about 1980 at the Cochran farm, shared by John Ross.
  • 20HP-Greyhound-mixup-Ross
    A 16 HP Nichols & Shepard, in this photo taken in 1980, was always at Dick Herms show in Washington, Ill., John Ross writes.
  • Huber-engine-Rhode
    A Huber engine working the belt. Steam historian Robert T. Rhode notes that an American flag on the straw stack gives a hint as to the date of the photo.
  • 21-75HP_Baker-Ross
    This 21-75 HP Baker was captured in a shot taken about 1980 at the Cochran farm. John Ross shared the image with us.
  • 25-50HP_Huber-Ross
    A 25-50 HP Huber, in a shot taken about 1980 at the Cochran farm. John Ross sent the photo our way.
  • Gaar-Scott-engine-Rhode
    Another photo by Marion G. Warner shows another Gaar-Scott engine. Steam historian Robert T. Rhode writes that Warner took a series of photos in Monroe, Ohio, between 1910 and 1916, leaving behind a cache of glass-plate negatives that offer a look into the past.
  • Gaar-Scott-engine-man-Rhode
    A photo taken by Marion G. Warner shows a Gaar-Scott engine. Steam historian Robert T. Rhode shared the image with us.

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  • 1918_Waterloo-cage-Leis
  • Upright-steam-engine-Goff
  • Pawnee-steam_show-Stark2
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  • Upright-engine_Peaster
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  • Pawnee-steam-show-wedding-vow
  • 40HP-Case-Ross
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  • 50HP-Case_Ross
  • 24HP-Minneapolis-Ross
  • OilPull_H_Ross
  • Nichols-Shepard-Ross
  • 20HP-Huber-Ross
  • 16HP_Nichols-Shepard-Ross
  • Russell-Portable-Ross
  • 30HP-Case-Cochran-Ross
  • 20HP-Greyhound-mixup-Ross
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Waterloo 20-22 HP steam traction engine

Allen R. Leis, 105 Clearwater Cres., Waterloo, ONT Canada N2V 1E7; (519) 884-6932, shows us a unique way of storing an engine for the winter months. Allen writes:

I am sending some photos of my Waterloo steam traction engine, no. 1776, 20-22 HP, built in Waterloo, Ontario in 1918. (The Waterloo engine appears in the first three photos in the image gallery.) I have stored it a number of years this way, and I find it a good way of storing it for the winter months. I store the engine on a cement pad, stud it with 2-by-6-inch lath and tarp on all sides, leaving a bit of an opening on the floor at the front between the front wheels. I install a turbine ventilator on the smokestack; this leaves airflow on the outside of the boiler. I take out two handhole covers beside the damper and the handhole cover in the smokebox, opening the damper approximately 1/2-inch. This leaves air flowing through the tubes through the water side of the engine. My boiler seems to be nice and dry during the winter months.

This Waterloo engine was shown on the cover of Iron-Men Album, November/December 1992. This engine is also shown on page 250 of Jack Norbeck’s Encyclopedia of American Steam Traction Engines, third revised edition, owned by Ed Hura’s family at the time of Waterloo, Ontario. The motto on this engine is “An old Waterloo toy for an old Waterloo boy.”

Lansing four-wheel drive engine

Harry Pearce, 115 Parke Towne Drive, Elkton, MD 21921- 6111, recalls some memories of Elmer Ritzman’s Lansing four-wheel drive engine (featured on the back cover of Steam Traction, July/August 2006). Harry writes:



I am writing in regards to the Lansing four-wheel drive engine. I run that engine for Mr. Ritzman at the Kinzer, Pa., steam show. It was something else to handle. Ritzman told me that he saw it in a junkyard. He inquired about the engine and the price went up. I don’t remember what he gave for it, but it was plenty. The differential was stuck, but when he pulled it, it broke loose. The flywheel isn’t the original. He thought the one on it would have more inertia but it didn’t work any better. Arthur S. Young put it on for him. Ritzman told me he bought a Huber engine and couldn’t or didn’t have the money to have it hauled, so he ran it the 80 miles. He said the only problem he had was water. I guess that would be a problem.

Pawnee Steam School

Harold Stark, 3215 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46217, an instructor for the Pawnee Steam School, sends us some details of this year’s class (as well as a couple of photos in the image gallery). Harold writes: