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 Post subject: Where I've been
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:17 am 
Iron Baron
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Location: Wellfleet Nebraska
I had this in a reply to Keith's post and then decided I better not hijack his thread but start a new one.

I just finished up a two week stint at Tri State Threshers in Bird City KS. The have use steam there and it is only 115 mile trip. I counted at least a dozen engines that we fired and a couple more that we did not that either were short operators or need repair. We had a new engine come in from CO this year. It had not been run for 30 + years. The owner was in his 90s and wanted to see it go again. It needed all new plumbing and the son and 2 grandsons along with Tri State workers worked all day Tuesday and Wednesday to get it going and ready for inspection. So the old man got his wish after all. I always remember what I was told years ago that with a gasoline tractor it takes all day to figure out what is wrong and 5 minutes to fix it whereas with steam it takes 5 minutes to find out what is wrong and all day to fix it. Everything about these engines is just plain hard dirty work. I have a load of overalls soaked down with Simple Green in the washing machine right now. Back to haying now after I mow the lawn.

One can go into a wild country and make it tame,
but, like a coat & cap & mittens that he can never take off,
he must always carry the look of the land as it was.
He can drive his plow through the nigger-wool,
make fields and roads go every way, build him a fine house
and wear the stiff collar, and yet he will always look like the grass where
the buffalo have eaten and smell of the new ground he has trod.


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