This is my new a 1914 Case 40 HP Steam Engine. Serial Number - 31196.
I purchased this engine from Kenny Myers, who lives down by Holmesville, Nebraska. I am very excited to finally own a Steam Engine, and particularly this Case engine.
Here is the History behind it. It was purchased new by the City of Casper, Wyoming. Originally it was a Steam Roller, the city used it to build roads and then, purchased the Case Factory conversion kit to take it from a Road Roller to a Traction Engine. In the 1920s it was sold to Herman Fish of Glenrock Wyoming, a town just east of Casper. He used it on a sawmill. When the timber ran out he just left it sit there until 1958 when Bruce H. Thompson of Mills, Wyoming bought it and took 2 years to repair and replace parts. All the brass and most of the pluming had been taken off of it. He rebuilt the coal bunkers and water tanks and also put in 25 new tubes. Thompson sold the engine to a Bomberger in Sargent, Nebraska, who then sold it to Wes Mohling of Glenvil, Nebraska, a small town southeast of Hastings, Nebraska. He had it for 8 years and then sold it to Merle Myers. He owned it up until 15 years ago and when he died, three brothers inherited it. One brother died, and the other two, Kenny Myers and Jerry Myers, sold it to me, Andrew Kean.
I will have to do some work on it before I can steam it up, but I am up for the challenge. I know of a few guys in my area that know steam engines pretty well that are willing to help me out. It is a learning process and will be well worth it! I hope to have the engine out at Camp Creek Threshers in Waverly, Nebraska next year.
The way that I found this engine was I put a want-add on Craigslist, and Kenny Myer called me up and told me what he had. I went down to look at it, and found it to be very cool! There were 706 steam rollers made by Case, and 13 are left, with this being the only one to exist with the factory conversion kit from a Steam Roller to a Traction Engine!
I hope to have it steamed up here before too long!
Here are the pictures on my facebook! Enjoy!
Happy Steaming! From Denton, Nebraska.