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It was with great interest that I read the article in the August 2004 issue, "100 Years on Tracks." Of special interest was the part about Doug Veerkamp's Caterpillar 60 with the diesel engine conversion.

My dad used to farm on the upper and lower Jones Tract west of Stockton, Calif., John Kelly was a large-scale farmer who also farmed on the Jones Tract, and he had a Cat 60 with an Atlas Imperial diesel engine in it. It had a gas engine air compressor behind the seat to supply compressed air for starting the Atlas. I only saw the 60 once and that was about 60 years ago, so I don't remember much about it.

I think the Atlas was a three-cylinder engine with three exhaust pipes. I wonder if Mr. Veerkamp has ever heard of an Atlas Imperial in a Cat 60 and if there are any that have survived, or if that was a one-time deal.

I would appreciate hearing from Mr. Veerkamp, as I am a nut about old engines, tractors and airplanes. I am 80 years old and still have my pilot's license.

Jim Soares
7093 Dry Creek Road
Belgrade, MT 59714
(406) 388-6069