| November/December 1970

4892 York Road Leicester, New York 14481

I am a firm believer in trying to show our engines in action and doing something as they did when new -- whenever we show them at shows and reunions. I have a restored Ireland Drag Saw which I drive with an old Galloway and people appear to be very interested in watching it work.

It occurred to me that I needed a Shingle Mill to go along with the Drag Saw and then could perhaps put on an even more interesting show, so have been hunting for one for some time. Finally found a very old one with a wooden frame which matches the Ireland very well and now have a good start on rebuilding it.

My problem is that I can find nothing about it which tells the make and would be most interested in finding the name of this mill. Thought perhaps some of my fellow readers of GEM would be willing and able to help. Since things are apart I could not take a picture of the outfit but have included a sketch and description which I hope might do the job.

This Shingle Mill is made of very heavy timber framing and consists of three main stringers. The saw mounts near the middle stringer very similar to a regular sawmill. There are tracks on two stringers on which a carriage rides, again similar to a regular sawmill, as the carriage moves back and forth past the saw. The carriage is driven ahead by power and returns with a rope and weight. The block from which the shingles are cut lays down like the log on a sawmill. The drive of the carriage is by rack and pinion which engages and disengages as the carriage moves by the saw. On one corner of the rig the shingle edger is mounted and driven by a belt from the saw shaft. The edger is rather large and has four knives. The rig appears to be very old for the bearings on the saw mandrel have no cap other than a strap which holds the top babbit in place and most of the bolts and nuts used to assemble the frame appear to be handmade while the wooden frame around the edger is held together with wooden pins like barn framing. Mortise and tenon joints are used in the entire framework. Surely would like to know what make it might be. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

James would like to know if anyone can help him identify these two engines.


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