The French family's trip to the USA in 1999 was such a success, that we decided on a repeat performance in 2000, taking in different sights and visiting different places. A lot of it was engine-related, and unfortunately, unless I can see the engine plate in the photograph, I have no idea what I took photos of. If anyone can supply this information for any of the pictures, please email me, and I will add it to the webpage.

The 1999 trip included an unexpected visit to
Kinzer Rough and Tumble show, which we enjoyed so much we included it again this year. However, our first full day in the US was spent at nearby Strasburg, to indulge our 9-year old son Christian's love of trains at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the ChooChoo Barn, home to a 1,700 square foot operating train layout and, of course, the Strasburg Train Shop to get some American-style accessories for his model train layout at home. We rounded off with a visit to Strasburg Old Country Store for a look at the local crafts for sale, a delicious ice cream and a look at their collection of antiques, including this fine coffee-grinder.

The following day, we arrived early at the Rough and Tumble Showground, to take advantage of the wonderful breakfast served there! As we walked around, it was amazing how many people we knew there from our visit in 1999. A meeting had been arranged for the members of the Stationary Engine Mailing List, and it was wonderful to meet some of the people we had only corresponded with via email. Once I remembered to make use of my camera, I manaaged to capture just a couple of photographs, the
first of Mike Semanoff, a friend of George Lauderback (and I can tell you that in the boxes under his arm was a delicious and very sticky cake brought by George and his wife Peg to share with their friends), Arnie Fero, Tom Schmutz and Ken Cvacho, and the second with George Lauderback, Arnie, Tom, Jim French, Ken and Mike.

The weather was more like we'd expect to see at an English show, with low cloud and occasional light rain, but nothing to dampen enthusiasm. There are plenty of big steam engines to see, such as this
Emerson-Brantingham, and a fine collection of engines under cover, including a beautiful curved spoke Robertsonville and an unusual hydrogen-powered Belgian engine covered with round glass oilers. The makers plate read "Ant. FETU-DEFIZE & CTZ, Liege, Belgique". Another engine with a fine collection of oilers was a Fairbanks Morse Model T belonging to the SEL's Richard Kramer. Kinzer is home to many privately owned large engines, and it was in the Big Engine Shed that Arnie and I met Craig Prucha, helping Brian Mann to fine tune his 1884 15 HP Dempster & Comstock boxbed halfbreed (a steam engine coverted to run on natural gas). The engines steam bed was made in Buffalo, NY (1884) with the Bovaird cylinder made in Bradford, Pa. (1902). The engine was used for pumping oil in north western Pa. (details supplied by Craig - thanks!!) Later, Brian was showing a fascinated youngster the hot tube workings.

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