02/04/2015: Kelly Springfield Work Night


The Kelly Springfield work party had another productive evening, as well as enjoying the presence of a special visitor, Dave Gross of Denver, Colorado. Dave has been involved in steam restorations for many years, including the restoration of a Kelly Springfield steam roller. The roller currently is at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa operating at the Old Threshers Reunion. The Old Threshers event is probably the largest annual gathering of steam traction engines and other antique steam equipment in the country. Dave brought along a photo album documenting the restoration of his roller. He faced many of the challenges that we are facing with our Kelly Springfield, and it was an inspiration to see how Dave was able to produce a first-class functional machine and a work of art.

Keith and Chuck continued to work on the boiler, Wes and Dave worked away on the governor, Jessie, Don and I continued the process of cleaning parts, bead-blasting them and putting on a coat of primer. Lots more work to do, so feel free to join us on Wednesday nights at Baldo Locomotive Works.


Wes Brubacher and Dave Gross
Chuck Jones and Keith Rongey
The crew: eight men
David Gross' 1905 Kelly Springfield