The Bessie 7 have been saved! We first reported on these engines in the February issue of GEM, the seven 1,000 HP 1927 Cooper-Bessemer engines found in Ottawa, Kan., by reader Tim Christoff of Basehor, Kan.
That report probably prompted more phone calls and e-mails than any other piece of news we've had come through the office, and engine enthusiasts around the country have been waiting with bated breath to learn what's to become of these giant relics of our industrial past. Well, the waiting's over.
It's been eight months since Tim first laid eyes on the Bessie 7, and their fate has gone up and down during that time. Initially, it appeared they were almost certainly headed for the scrap heap. A reprieve appeared to have been granted by early spring, only to be thrown into question a few weeks later. Well, this time it's official, the folks at Williams Pipeline are going to allow the engines to be saved instead of scrapped, and Tim couldn't be happier.
Tim isn't saying just yet who's getting the engines or how they'll be moved, but he has informed us that two of them are still available Anyone interested should contact Tim at (913) 724-2640, or via e-mail at: Aermotor@aol.com
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