They Really Are Nuts, These Engine Nuts


| February/March 1989

  • Six model steam engines
    Six model steam engines owned by Michael Chrabaszcz of Easthampton, Mass.
  • Harry Ziegler of Sandisfield
    Harry Ziegler of Sandisfield, Mass.- 'working' models adorn his van
  • Ernie Darrow of N. Franklin
    Ernie Darrow of N. Franklin, Conn.-trying to keep warm as he watches over his collection.
  • Jim Stevens of Valley Falls
    Jim Stevens of Valley Falls, NY astride his homemade tractor, powered by a 1 HP Hercules.
  • Doug Wood's 1 HP
    Doug Wood's 1 HP London.
  • Ed Strepka's pump collection
    Part of Ed Strepka's pump collection. Ed: 'I have 80 more at home; I've been collecting for 17 years.'
  • Little pickup truck
    All of that came out of that one little pickup truck? Yup! And Weston Ball of Bernardston, Mass, is known among his fellow exhibitors for his ability to stow away more engines in his truck than deemed possible.

  • Six model steam engines
  • Harry Ziegler of Sandisfield
  • Ernie Darrow of N. Franklin
  • Jim Stevens of Valley Falls
  • Doug Wood's 1 HP
  • Ed Strepka's pump collection
  • Little pickup truck

3 Washington Street, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

You may wish to publish this particular article as an exceedingly biased editorial:

My Premise: As an engine widow/-wife, I have now learned quite resoundingly what I strongly suspected from the start of my husband's interest in this hobby of collecting, restoring and exhibiting gas and steam engines. Every man, woman and child involved in this hobby is crazy! My case:

Background: Early in 1987 a small group of men in the Brattleboro, Vermont area started a new engine club: The Green Mountain Flywheelers Association. The club's officers are: Doug Wood, (pictured on the next page), Steve Howe, vice-president; Gordon Woffenden, secretary.



Quite ambitiously, this new club sponsored two shows their first year. The first show was held on a balmy weekend in April of 1987 at a small field adjacent to an antique center just north of Brattleboro. Twenty-five exhibitors displayed their engines and enjoyed a pleasant two-day show.

In September of 1987 the Green Mountain Flywheelers held a second show and doubled the number of exhibitors to fifty-one. The second show was held at the Guilford Fairgrounds, somewhat off the beaten path and in competition with many popular local events. Even so, the response from exhibitors and spectators alike was very enthusiastic. In addition to gas and steam engines, an antique auto club from Greenfield, Massachusetts brought cars to display and there were several old-time tractors as well.



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