Young Iron: Emily Kline

Emily Kline is an uncommon hit-and-miss engine collector with a garage full of Hercules engines


| December 2012/January 2013



Emily Kline Antique Gas Engine

Emily Kline has been collecting engines with her dad for six years. 

Photo Courtesy Emily Kline

Q. How long have you been collecting gas engines? 
A. I’ve been collecting since I was 10, so about six years.

Q. What attracted you to the hobby? 
A. I went to shows with my dad as a little kid. As I got older, Dad got into the hobby, and shortly thereafter I got into the hobby. Now we collect engines together.

Q. What engines do you have in your collection? 
A. We have nine engines in our collection: a 1-1/2 HP Fairbanks, a 1-1/2 HP Economy, two 1-1/2 HP Herculeses (one of them is hooked up to a 5 gallon ice cream freezer), a 3 HP Hercules in original condition, a 5 HP Hercules, a 7 HP Hercules in original condition hooked up to a saw rig, a 9 HP Hercules and a 12 HP Hercules on the original cart.

All of the Hercules engines are hit-and-miss; the 3 HP engine to the 12 HP engine all have clutch pulleys on them so they can run a variety of machines and are in the Model E series. The other Hercules engines are on original carts with the exception of the 1-1/2 HP that is hooked up to the ice cream maker. The 12 HP Hercules is the most uncommon in our collection.

Q. What projects are you currently working on?  
A. I’m helping Dad restore our 12 HP Hercules. At this point we have most of the sandblasting and priming done.

Q. Which shows do you normally attend each year? 
A. Dad and I go to the Pageant of Steam in Berryville, Va., the Smithsburg Steam Engine show in Washington County, Md., Twin Bridges show in Chambersburg, Pa., the spring and fall festivals at the Frederick County Farm Museum in Maryland, and we have been to the Chemung Valley Old  Timers show in Horseheads, N.Y.