The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
4-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Timday, January 22, 1974 Old chuffers gear for future By TONY KANT Prince George Citizen One- Man FURADAN 4.8 Flowable systemic insecticide Gives you broad spectrum insect control that helps you make money Kills aphids flea beetles leafhoppers and Colorado potato beetles One application gives fast knockdown and quick clean-up plus residual activity for long-lasting control When insects gang-up on your potato fields, call on the one insecticide that can take them all on by itself Chemagro FURADAN 4 8 Flowable Ask your supplier Order now and have FURADAN on hand when needed is a Heg TM ol FMC Cofp lo you and nature CHEMAGRO LIMITED 77 City Centra Drive Mississauga Ontario PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. (CP) Although it's been half a century since the last steam tractor was. built, Coy Thomas McLennan sees the steam engine as a thing of the future, not the past. "There's no doubt about steam will come says the 59-year-old former locomotive engineer. "If there's a shortage of gas, they'll use steam and their fuel will probably be atomic." His home, just outside of this central British Columbia city, sits in the middle of a yard cluttered with the memorabilia of .steam. Giant wheels, axles and other parts he strewn about. His hobby of collecting and restoring steam tractors and his knowledge of where spare parts can be found has led people from all over Canada and the U.S. to get in touch with him. Mr. McLennan owns seven steam tractors, three of them in operating condition, and knows the problems of finding parts for the tractors which were a familiar part of the landscape on farms from 1890 to 1922. "You can't just go to a dealership and he said, explaining that steam hobbyists rely on the grapevine and publications like Iron Man magazine to get parts. Steel costly He said there are a number of contributing factors responsible for the decline of the steam tractor. One of the biggest is the high cost of steel. Steel tubing that used to cost 20 cents a foot when the engines were first built now costs The manpower to stoke the fire box, maintain the boiler and haul water and fuel also makes operating the machines impractical. Still, even though he was born two years after the last steam tractor was built, he has worked with steam engines most of his life. About 15 of his 30 years with Canadian National Railways were spent as a locomotive engineer on steam-powered trains He thinks about the future and dreams of owning a 1925 Brooks Steamer, a car that ran on a steam boiler powered by either gasoline or coal oil. He produced a pamphlet on the luxury car which boasts "only 38 moving clutch, carburetor, distributor, drive shaft gears, etc." In the meantime, he is restoring a 1915 J I Case model tractor which weighs six tons and develops 17 horsepower Bid for wheels He tells the story of a young man who once drove past his house in a pickup truck, saw two huge steam tractor wheels sitting in the yard and asked if they were for sale. "Son, if you can get those wheels out of here, you can have he said and watched the youth struggle to move them before giving up. They weighed pounds each. "I never laughed at Mr. McLennan said, "because that's how I got started." At the age of 15 he had become interested in steam engines while at a steam- powered sawmill. While passing the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway yard he asked a railway man the price of a small work locomotive in the yard. "He said, 'son, if you can get that thing out of here, it's all yours.'" Soil survey helps plan Keeping up steam Coy Thomas McLennan inspects a 1915 tractor. VANEE LIVESTOCK LTD. FORT MACLEOD and LETHBRIDGE Fort Macleod Phone 234-4074 or 234-4428 Direct Line to Lethbridge 328-1477 "Livestock Dealers and Order Buyers" Hogs Shipped Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday CATTUUNIR SIMVICB We buy feeders on all markets In Alberta Contact us now for your feeder'cattle. Agriculture Canada soil scientists are helping com- pile soil maps, potential forerunners of highway routes or trail guides in wilderness parks. Soil information how it looks and what it contains is transcribed onto a map to give resources and development planners clues about what an area can be used for, and how that area will react to human activity. FARMER STOCKMAN SUPPLY (LETH) 319-5th St. South Lethbridge, Alberta CLEARANCE SALE! Major Brand Boots 20% off Discontinued Lines of Boots Vaoff Karman Caravan Western Shirts 30% off Top Brand Name Felt Hats ,30% off Downfilled Coats Vests 83r20% off Boot Cut Lee Jeans 9.95 Karman Jeans 8.95 Big Horn Saddles 20% off Many Unadvertised Specials! Shop Early for Good Selection!