Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Under Wraps


 Collected forty years ago up a hollow in Eastern Kentucky...


Serving as the Mailbox Engine for more than twenty years...


Adopted by Gary Bahre in March, 2014, the 8 HP vertical Bessemer engine is up and running, and it is a masterpiece of engine restoration.  Gary let us know that the old Bessemer is running, painted, on a new cart with a cooling tank, and it even has decals like it did a century ago.  The coming-out party will be in March at a secret location, and then photos and videos of this rare engine will be made public.  Watch for it here, and on SmokStak.  Gary will also be submitting an article to Gas Engine Magazine where he will share the difficult restoration process.

2 comments:

Merle Morrison said...

Doesn't it make you feel good to know it's up & running and not just rusting away?

Merle

David aka True Blue Sam said...

You are so right! Consider that we had engines and parts in four different buildings and only I knew which parts went to each engine. Collecting all the old iron was fun, but I wasn't fixing anything and I am getting older. Passing the engines off to a serious collector/rebuilder preserves these antiques and provides the pleasure of seeing them run.