Farm Collector


1303 Robbims Dr. Anderson, S. C. 29621

I am sending you a picture of me and my Frick Steam Traction
Engine. It is Number 46518 and is in good condition. It has 8′
bore and 10′ stroke, and has a Certificate of Inspection for
Boilers and Vessels from the state of N. C. dated in Sept. of 1964.
I purchased this engine at an auction sale that was held to satisfy
the estate of the late Mr. W. H. Carrick of Den ton, N. G. Boiler
has a pressure of H-125.

I have repainted this traction engine in as nearly the original
colors as I could find out, and since this picture was taken, I
have added three brass bands 2′ wide around the boiler.

I have been interested in boilers and steam engines since I was
a small child. My father had a saw-mill in the hills of Habersham,
Georgia, and I helped to fire the boiler, and later to help with
the heavier work. When I moved to Anderson, S. C. in 1925, I became
connected with home construction work, and later did contracting.
About 6 years ago I began to look around for a boiler and engine
and found a 6 HP Peerless. I have since obtained a 12 HP Tozer, a 4
HP, Peerless, a 12 HP Case, a 40 HP Peerless, a Frick Portable, a
Scott Off-set Engine and a Schofield offset. I also bought an
upright boiler. Needing something to use some of the power from
these boilers and engines I bought an old sawmill. It is a Frick 00
mill. I saw small lots of timber for my friends, just for the fun
of it.

On Saturday, when the traction engine is steamed up, and ready
to go the children of our neighbors (and the neighbors too) get a
kick out of riding on ‘Mr. Bill’s Train’.

  • Published on Mar 1, 1966
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