Mechanical Dragon

Do-Nothing Machine Boasts 100 Engines

| July/August 1967

  • 38-Foot Trailer
    Courtesy of Denis McCormack, 404 W. Timonium Road, Timonium, Baltimore Co., Md. 21093
    Denis McCormack

  • 38-Foot Trailer

Federalsburg, Md., Jan. 31--About five years ago, Arthur B. Rosser, a self-taught mechanical wizard of 73, started to put together a small steam engine as a plaything for his teen-age grandson.

The grandson grew up and got married, but the plaything kept on growing.

Now it has developed into a 20-ton, 100-engined contraption that is designed to do nothing at all except delight the eye of the beholder.

'There's nothing else like it on the face of the earth,' Mr. Rosser said and added ruefully: 'Nobody else would be fool enough to do it.'

Those of us who live in the immediate Baltimore Area were intrigued of course to see in the Sun paper Mr. Arthur Rooser's aggregation of early steam and gas engines assembled on his mighty trailer.

I think it is of such interest to engine fanciers that I am prepared to pay the Baltimore Sun their fee of $22.50 so that it may be reproduced with a copy of the Sun's descriptive article.