Friday, January 2, 2015

Weekend Steam: If Wile E. Coyote Had A Steam Engine...

...This could have been the one.  This sure looks like an oil field engine and it runs well for having sat for fifty or more years.  The Stephenson Link reverse gear is easy to see and understand, and I bet some collector now has this in an engine shed.  I thought that all the collectible engines in the wild were gone forty years ago, but I think I should plan some expeditions and look for treasure once more.

6 comments:

Merle Morrison said...

There are still a handful of these in the abandoned oilfield of western PA. Along with a traction engine or two, just rusting away. If you could only track down a living owner, maybe you could get one of them out of the woods....

Merle

Merle Morrison said...

Watching a little more closely this time, I noticed the "Titusville" casting. I didn't see for sure, but I wonder if it was from PA? Titusville isn't very far from my home, and pretty well located in the original oil fields.

Merle

David aka True Blue Sam said...

Here's an article about the Titusville Iron Works from Gas Engine Magazine, 2007: http://www.gasenginemagazine.com/company-history/history-of-the-titusville-iron-works.aspx

I need to go back to Eastern Kentucky and spend a week or two driving up and down the hollows while the leaves are down. There are probably a few relics hiding there as well.

Merle Morrison said...

Thank you. I thought I saw PA on the casting, but wasn't too sure. Sadly enough, I had never heard of them before this.

Merle

David aka True Blue Sam said...

With the name of ACME on their engines, they should have been World famous!

Merle Morrison said...

Well, at least the Road Runner copied a well used name!!! :)

Merle