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  1. Anson, I apologize for the mixup with that yellow spot from my polkadot cap being laundered. I only wear green when I'm on a 40 hp steam engine. This was the 40 hp Reeves and I was even wearing blue on it. This was the 40 hp Gaar Scott. I think the green makes the water appear yellow? I'm going to have to tell Sharon to not put so much soap and hot water into the Maytag? Otherwise I wear blue polkadot steam traction engineer's caps. Grandson Maverik wore a "beginner's" steam engineers cap 30+ years ago. They are red, so as to be seen. I was wearing a blue polkadot steam traction engineer's cap this day, threshing. I like the United States Flags on the front of the engine. And since these colors don't run, I'm putting this photo here today! Happy 4th of July! Gary😁
  2. I want to wish you all a Great 4th of July, celebrating American Independence Day! Twostepn2001, I don't know the exact models of those IHC trucks, but they are "C Models" and one of my favorite styles of IH trucks! This is a C-Model. This is the earlier "flat radiator" type of S Model. It's hauling a Sawyer-Massey (Canadian) gas tractor. Gary😁
  3. Anson, I can send some hay down to Wrangler by going over to the Missouri River and putting it on a steamboat. But MT Matt, who has the most hay can't do that. His will end up on a steamboat in the Pacific Ocean. We have these Rocky Mountains which make water flow two different directions. So if you see a yellow patch going by your Delta Dirt, it's my urine and not Matts! Gary😁
  4. Anson, while that sounds like a great idea to have Tubacase47 and me make music at Grand Island, I don't think he owns a proper engineer's cap? But if Tom can find one, and Roger could find one at a welding shop, I'll bet Roger has the proper tax deductible music instrument, there in Minnesota? Gary😁
  5. Yesterday, the Montana Steam Engineer's Association met at my good friend Andy Troutwine's place near Clearwater Junction. It's always good to see the OLD friends and the young ones too. I had barely arrived when I saw Tubacase47 (Tom Railsback) sitting inside Andy's Shop. I had to try to take a selfie of the two of us and me in my steam engineer's cap. I'm sorry I barely got you in the photo Tom. A lot of Brown Sugar was spread beforehand. Andy had his 20 hp Reeves and 15 hp Case parked for a photo of the engineers later. Andy leaning on the front wheel of his original first engine, the 15 hp Case. On Facebook this morning, a friend asked about the missing wheel spoke. The right rear handhole on a Case is a LOOOooooong reach for a short arm. Reaching through two rows of spokes and the added width of the gearing on this side. A spoke removed allowed one to get closer to his work. Hand hole alignment is quite particular. If you have ever witnessed (I have!) a misaligned hand hole gasket blow out because of carelessness, it will break you for good to make sure they are in near perfect alignment. While up on the Reeves I had to take a picture of the engineer's station. My favorite place to be on a steam engine. Andy's mother, Darlene, put on a heck of a feed. Anyone who went away hungry, it was their own darn fault. After chowing down, we spent about an hour and a half in the steam engineers meeting. My steam friend, young Paul Consani from Portland, was in attendance and joined our association, was very prompt at checking the water glasses in the live engines, making sure they didn't present a danger while we were meeting. Paul attends shows all over the USA. He just graduated HS, but has a steam license from Rollag, MN and is planning on attending about three eastern steam shows this summer. One may be Ederville in North Carolina. Andy cuts cedar logs on this buzz saw for his shingle mill. The shingle mill. The upright steam engine that operates his shingle mill. My 40+ year steam friend, Dick Tombrink, examines Andy's 12 hp Advance engine he is in the process of restoring. Andy built that operating freelance model engine years ago. It runs real slick too! His nephews all love it. MT Matt, you may have noticed this 15 hp Case is missing from St. Regis? Andy purchased this 60 hp Case that purportedly has a new Case boiler installed at the factory ca. 1921. He's looking for some parts for it. Andy has this sweet running IHC gas engine. I couldn't read the horsepower emblem. I'm guessing 10 hp? Roger will know. And the day wouldn't have been complete without a photo of an IH Tractor on a Montana Farm! I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for an IH Farmall Cub. The first thing I ever drove when I was 6 years old. I spent a lot of hours on Dad's 1947 Cub haying. Andy and association president Jim Tombrink head out with the Reeves for a spin. After two years of Covid, it was great to make connections again and feel half way normal! Andy's mother is a semi professional photographer and took this photo of the engineer crew present at Andy's place yesterday. Gary😁 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PS: Just to show how much I trust Andy with a steam engine, I've had him operate it at Mike's place about five years in a row now. He is one of the most conscientious steam engineers I've known. (Ooops, there's another IH Tractor on a Montana Farm!)
  6. I see that it has a latch at the front. I'm not familiar with this type of mechanical latch and dump mechanism. It sure makes sense that some "thinker" from back at that time could have figured that out. The "dump" Dad and his brothers had on the Model TT was hand lift or scoop shovel lift. They had to shovel some grain to the rear of the "just off of center" balance then lift the box. I believe it had chains limiting how far it could go up. Uncle Audie is dumping wheat into a Milwaukee RR boxcar at Joan, Montana. Gary😉
  7. I finally went out to Silver Creek for the first time in about three weeks. I was under the weather and then went to Seattle. I hadn't been at the shop very long and I had my frequent traveler guest stop in, Tubacase47, AKA: Tom Railsback of Great Falls. After Tom left, I harnessed up in the Cordovox accordion and recorded five songs. One I have to do over, because I mixed another song into the one I was recording. Playing by ear has its disadvantages sometimes! My newest of the two "classic" (quite elderly) Cordovox accordions lives at the shop for now. It's actually right near Tom Railsback in his photo. Gary😉
  8. Sharon and I just returned from Seattle this afternoon. I'm not even completely unpacked yet. We went to see our youngest daughter, Mev and Son (in-law) Brad. It was the first time we've gone anywhere out of state since my cancer surgery in Seattle almost 4 years ago. Maybe I'll get something posted one of these days soon? Gary😉
  9. My wife, Sharon, 70 years ago today on her 8th birthday at Moore, Montana. Gary😁 1949 on Dad's WD-6 McCormick Standard.
  10. Mike, George and Ida Kromer approve! Gary😁
  11. Mike, I have over 400 different songs recorded that I've learned on the accordion by ear stored in this computer and a backup hard drive. But I'm stricken by the "hereafter disease" too. (What did I come in here after?) My mind is absent too. But I can strap on one of my accordions, get in a Model T, or light a fire in a steam engine and my mind is "up front!" My wife has Multi Infarct Dementia and I'm her care giver. In recent times, I've had to learn to sort of cook, do laundry and other household things I didn't grow up doing. But my most important one is keeping her meds sorted correctly. I didn't know I'd have to be doing this at this late age. Gary😉
  12. Anson and Roger, You two need to watch at least the first three minutes of this color movie to see what a real steam locomotive engineer wears for his cap! Gary😉
  13. Mike, our youngest daughter says "Dad is a little bit 'Rainman'!" You seem to have the same "qualities" I have! Someone asks what time it is, and we build them a clock! You are amazingly thorough with the old Milwaukee RR! Thanks, Gary😁
  14. Mike, I'm sure that a lot of the main line locomotives burned oil in Montana. That only makes sense. But the Harlowton station got coal from their Milwaukee RR coal mines in Roundup, Montana. Coal is all I ever remember being used on the Jawbone spur. I also got to thinking about how in the later 1970s when the Milwaukee was going broke and went into their "Deferred Maintenance" program, basically NO maintenance. The tracks were so bad from rotten ties, I'd have been afraid to run an engine over them. Looking down this straight away where these diesels were setting in my photo, the tracks were both "snakes" on each rail, but not in coordination with each other. This photo was after a blizzard at our crossing behind that tree branch. The locomotives rammed into it and got stuck. The rear engine was one of the OLD "covered wagon" diesels that they'd brought out of retirement from somewhere, likely a back shed at Harlowton? Our house was so close to the Milwaukee RR tracks, I instinctively lifted my legs for it to go by when in bed at night. One night I was in the tub taking a shower. The freight train was coming from Lewistown, headed to Harlowton. All of a sudden it almost felt and sounded like an earthquake. Since I had a window in the shower that looked toward the Lewistown tracks, I knew what it was. I shut off the water, grabbed the pants I'd taken off and a shirt, ran out of the house, got into my pickup, and drove up into our pasture where a bunch of the freight cars were lying on their sides. I saw one flashlight as I drove up, but were they ever glad to see me with my pickup headlights! There was a third rail on Buttermilk Curve, but that didn't phase this set of cars that rolled off of the embankment. The RR cars were lying in our pasture in the foreground of this photo. If I remember right, the speed limit on Buttermilk Curve was 20 or 25 MPH at this time? It had been a little faster earlier. Gary😉
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