A Love for Steam Engines

| 4/12/2017 11:20:00 AM

Mel BooneFor as long as I can remember, I've had a fascination for steam engines. At every tractor show, I'm drawn to these big behemoths of iron and smoke. I love these pieces of old iron. "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder" is the saying that comes to mind. I believe every steam engine I see is beautiful.


Old steam engine
Steam engine hooked up to a threshing machine at the 2015 NEMO Old Threshers Show, Shelbina, MO.

At one time, my stepdad thought that he wanted a steam engine. However, over the years he has gotten to where he doesn't like to be around the smoke that billows out of them. So now he pretty much steers clear of them.

At the tractor shows, I love to hear the engines blow their whistles at noon. It takes you back to the good old days when the blow of the whistle let the farm hands know when it was lunch time. The days of the threshing crews have ended years ago. I'm betting that it would be hard for me today to find someone that worked on those crews all those decades ago.

I see quite a few half-scale and sometimes quarter-scale steam engines at the shows. It's amazing that someone has taken the time to build them. They look and work just a well as their full-size counterparts. Sometimes I think that I would rather own a half-scale instead of a full-size steam engine!