Young Iron: Raymond Swanstone

Raymond Swanstone shares his collection stories and interest in collecting gas engines.

| February/March 2015

  • Raymond Swanstone
    Raymond Swanstone is a 30-year-old collector from Dearborn, MO. His collection has a wide variety of engines and is still growing.
    Photo by the Gas Engine Magazine staff

  • Raymond Swanstone

Take a quick glance at the exhibitors and attendees at gas engine shows, and it's easy to think that this is an older person's hobby. But take a closer look and you'll find a growing number of younger enthusiasts. You'll meet them in Young Iron.

Q: How long have you been collecting gas engines?

A: I was born into collecting gasoline engines; both sides of my parents’ families were, and are, collectors. My dad’s father sold my mom’s father his first engine. And that’s how my parents met. And I was almost born at the 1984 Platte County Steam and Gas Show in Tracy, Missouri.

Q: What attracted you to the hobby?

A: I’m attracted to the challenge of getting 100-plus iron running.

Q: Who else in your family collects engines?