How Harry started steam Traction engine collecting

While at the show I was shown this photo, which lead to my purchase of Russell Steam Traction Engine, with Water wagon and hay press, July 1995.

[missing] The only information was that collection was purchased in a antique shop in Florida, 30 years ago (mid 60's).

At the October 1995 show, Marvin Bahre showed me pictures of the Bahre collection. I was interested in the Threshing machine, but considering I had the Russell for only 3 months, buying another collection, seemed too much. A year later, Marvin came by again, and he liked my display. He really wanted to find a good "home" for what was left of his dad's collection. After we agreed on a price. he included the smaller, Aultman-Taylor Steam Traction Engine, a disc type plow and the black and white photographs. I agreed to honor his dad, by displaying the "Made By W. J. Bahre" cardboard placard and the photos. 1/6 scale = 2 inch to the foot, Case 65 HP steam traction engine plans and castings are from Coles Power Models, established 1928 and still available. The plans are dated 1940.

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Walter Bahre and his collection

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Mac Pherson, Kansas, mid-1960's [missing] 1/6 scale Case steam traction engine, clearly it is steaming. An early version of threshing machine,
note elevators missing from threshing machine, 1961 [missing]

steam power plant, was converted into Aultman Taylor Steam Traction Engine

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Aultman Taylor Steam Traction Engine is a smaller STE which has a bevel gear drive and that the flywheel is forward of the piston and has a 5" Dia. It is 16" high, 11" wide, 25" long, and is 42 Lb.


The Case is 41 inches long, 15 1/2 inches wide, 20 1/2 inches tall, and weighs 127 pounds. Russell steam traction engine,37" long, 15" wide, 22" tall, and weighs 140 pounds. Water wagon, is 10" TALL, and 13" LONG, hay press has a 5.5" pulley and 4.5" Dia. Wheels. The Case versus the Russell is a good example of a replica versus a model. The Russell is scratch-built with several features not accurate to scale: the piston, flywheel and plumbing is large. The Case has scale plumbing available at Coles Power Models, see web list.


For in depth details find a copy of How to Build a 4" (1/3 scale) Case Traction Engine and Water Wagon by Ralph W. Andres. This softcover comb-bound book, 16-1/2" wide by 11" tall, was published in 1997 by Apple Blossom Books.


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