Young People's Page


| July/August 1970



Torque Power Live Steam Models Hyatts town, Box 144-D R. F.D., Ijamsville, Maryland 21754

Hi There Young Engineers:

At the time I am writing this most people are just starting to get ready for the shows this summer. As for myself, I have just about finished a ton freelance steam tractor. The first show I will be going to is the Early American Steam Engine Society Show at Stewartstown, Pennsylvania. From there, I'll attend the Shenandoah Valley Show at Berryville, Virginia, The Eastern Shore Threshermen's Show near Federalsburg, Maryland, The Rough and Tumble Show at Kinzer, Pennsylvania, The Mason-Dixon Show at West minister, Maryland, The Maryland Steam Historical Society Show at Upperco, Maryland and as many more as possible. I hope that all of you Young Engineers out there will try to attend as many shows as you can. If you come to any of the ones I am at stop by and see me and we will talk a little steam. This also goes for all of you young-at-heart steam engineers, too.

By the way, all of you who get the Iron-Men Album should encourage any would be steam engineers, who are coming to the shows for the first time, to subscribe to the Iron-Men Album as it is the only way for a newcomer to know what is going on, particularly the young people. Tell them that we have a young peoples page now and that the hobby is for the young people as well as the older people. The first show that I ever went to was at Berryville, Virginia where my father and I met a man who told us to get a copy of the Iron-Men Album so we could learn about the hobby as we were newcomers then.

I receive a great deal of mail, more than I can find time to answer. I like to hear from as many of you who are good enough to write to me. Please do not feel bad if you don't get an answer right away. I've got about 200 letters right now that need to be answered so you can see the fix I am in. If you have written and have not received an answer, write again.

Many of the letters I get are from people who just want to say how they feel about the hobby. I sometimes use their thoughts about the hobby in my articles. Other people want information about foundry work, how to design valves for engines, boiler inspection and care. So, I have decided to write some articles on these subjects. The most interesting is that of the valve design.