We’re happy to be starting out the 36th year of GEM’s
publication with this issue. This year should be a bit more
carefree, as we have already faced up to the very well publicized
Y2K challenges of last year. As I write this letter the outcome of
our presidential election is still unknown, but I feel certain you
will know who your president is by the time you read this
We heard recently from a subscriber who is seeking more articles
about ‘timing, gearings, serial numbers, rings, stuck
cylinders, valves, springs, kind, shape, size, flywheel removal,
casting numbers, anything pertaining to restoring, colors and
stripes.’ Perhaps this list will inspire some of you to share
what you know particularly those who are known to be great
restorers but are hesitant to write!
We are well into the production of our 2001 Steam and Gas
Engine Show Directory at this time of year. If you had
intended to send in a listing or add for your show, but failed to,
check with our advertising department to see whether we can still
squeeze it in. We try to find all the shows we can, and do whatever
possible to get them all into the book.
We are in the process upgrading our internet connection, and
hope soon to be able to communicate more smoothly with you by
e-mail if that is your choice. We hope to have more details in the
In the meanwhile, enjoy whatever New Year’s festivities you
may have planned as we move into 2001!