Part of the enjoyment of an auction is watching the crowd. They
followed each engine intensively with their price sheets in hand.
There were plenty of serious buyers, as well as plenty of lookers.
A total of 421 bidders registered with Nixon Auctioneers. You could
hear the buzz among them from the amazing prices for the rarer
engines and even some of the common engines. No bargains to be
found that day. Some were disappointed after a fast round of
bidding. I’m sure there were plenty who went over their limit
as they nervously looked again and again at the engine that was
Some other highlights of the auction. . . . . . .
2 HP Bullseye, restored on trucks, $9,100
1? HP Stickney on trucks, $5,300
Falk 3 HP sideshaft, $7, 100
4 HP Mogul sideshaft on skids, hopper cooled, 100% complete,
2 ? HP fluted hopper, on trucks, older restoration, $4,000
2 HP Domestic sideshaft, $ 6,800
Amazingly, this collection of twenty-five years was gone in just
several hours. As everyone loaded up their new purchases and left
the building, I felt sad that George’s engines were going to
new homes throughout the United States and Canada. I couldn’t
tell what George was feeling, but he said to me, ‘It was a good
This rare restored 5? HP Pace Maker #8100 was built by the
Temple Pump Co., Chicago, Illinois. This inverted engine sold for