Richard is turning my 20 H.P. Case steamer around while a couple of neighbor kids look on to see how a steam engine is operated.
Route 1, Lengby, Minnesota 56651
Thought you might be interested in seeing some pictures of an early steam-up, up here in the cold country.
It all started on Saturday, March 2, 1974. It was a beautiful day, calm, sunshiny and 50 above and I was over to my brother's farm and my brother, Richard and I were looking the steamer over and thought how much fun it would be if it was steamed up. You guessed it....we put the water tank in the pickup and got a load of water, put the handhole plates and new gaskets in, filled her with water, stuffed the firebox with wood and lit the fire and in an hour or so we had enough steam to turn the engine. So, we warmed the engine up, made sure all the wheels were free and not frozen down, gave the whistle a toot and drove her out and had a lot of fun the rest of the day driving it and blowing the whistle. Come evening we figured we'd keep her under steam over night and play with it on Sunday, Unfortunately, the wind started blowing out of the northwest and on Sunday the temperature was 30 above and going down as the day went on. Around 2:00 we let the fire start burning down. 4:00 the steam was down quite a bit, so I held the safety valve open until all the steam pressure was down to nothing. Then we let the boiler and water cool some, so as the scale wouldn't bake to the boiler, and then opened the blow valve and dumped all the water and also drained everything else. It sure was a lot of fun while it lasted.