How Your Hobby Started Part XX

| May/June 1972

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By the time this issue of G. E. M. reaches you the drab shades of our long winter will have given away to the bright days of spring. For many who have been looking forward to being able to get out and start new projects such as overhauling and reconditioning the stored-up equipment, surely the warm spring days will be enjoyable.

Of course there will be the modern tractors and implements to get ready for the season, but maybe, just possible in between chores or with a few hours for relaxation, a little time will be found to see if that recently acquired antique engine that you brought home can be restored and cleaned up with a shiny coat of new paint ready for the first show.

This hobby of writing fills in at any season. This past winter sparked the urge of many collectors to write me inquiring about all kinds of problems which has kept me in touch with our readers. While I have been kept busy answering letters with the best information that is available, it was a good way to spend many hours during the dark rainy winter months.

How interesting and surprising it was to hear from collectors who have been able to locate as many as seven more engines to add to their hobby these past few months. Several have mentioned finding two or three more. They must be good hunters. Their acquisition consists of several varieties and sizes of rare engines.

Other activities have helped fill the days as another diversity has caught on in model building of both gasoline and steam engines and boilers. This hobby is well adapted to the skilled machinist and engineers who enjoy creating replicas of famous antique engines and machinery that are now difficult to find any place outside of a museum.