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One evening, around the first part of October, 1988, I called my buddy, Bill Neatherlin, and asked if he would like to go see a 12 HP Reid engine and he said sure. After he asked me where it was, he stuttered a couple of times when he said he could leave first thing in the morning. Bill is National President of E.D.G.E.& T.A. and also Branch 13 President of E.D.G.E. & T.A. He also has 'rust disease', so he was ready to go!
We got to Coolspring Power Museum and just couldn't believe all the exotic engines there! Hard work and careful planning has been done there. It's nice to know that a collection as fine as this exists. We go to see them all run, as this is the last get together before they drain them for the winter. Old Bills eyeballs were holes on the inside of his glasses just trying to focus on all that old iron. Many thanks to: Paul Harvey, Fred Merry, Roger Kriebel, Clark Colby, Nate Lillibridge and everyone else for showing us around at Coolspring Power Museum.
After loading the 12 HP Reid which I got from Fred Merry. (By the way, I have to add this here: Dr. Paul Harvey drove a J.D. tractor 1? miles in the rain up to Fred's house just to help us load. What a trooper! Thanks again, Paul.)
We went to the Blue Mountain Gas & Steam Show at Bangor, Pennsylvania, where we were again met with great eastern hospitality. The president and vice president of the club greeted us and made us feel welcome even though our home is 3,000 miles away. They have a really nice show there with a shingle mill and sawmill. Thank you, Blue Mountain Club.
We also went to Rough and Tumble Museum at Kinzers, Pennsylvania and saw the rack gear Otto engine and then on to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, at Dearborn, Michigan.
On the way back, we stopped to see my dear friends Ed and Annetta Thournburg in Wakelee, Michigan, who are also engine people. From there we went to Harold Warp's Pioneer Village in Minden, Nebraska. What a nice collection there of cars, trucks, tractors, horse drawn equipment, etc.
After about three weeks on the road and the cab full of junk, it was good to get home. Also thanks to Greg Johnson for telling me about the Reid in the first place!