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100th Birthday... but when?


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Old 03-29-2013, 11:38:52 AM
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Default 100th Birthday... but when?

Port Huron engine #7130 celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and I am planning on doing some special cleanup, paint touch-up, etc. in preparation. This week I have been cleaning, buffing and polishing brasses (see the picture below). I also want to pop a cork on the birthday, but my wife asked a seemingly simple question: What is the birthday?

Being a Port Huron, we have access to a good deal of information on the engine from the archives housed by David Kemler, plus another date cast on the bull gear. I am soliciting opinions from you out there in Smokstak land as to what date is the significant "birthday" of an engine. Here are the choices:

1. March 14, 1913 This is the date cast on the bull gear, which, according to Dave, the wheel was guaranteed for 10 years from that date not to have the spokes come loose.

2. April 5, 1913 As near as I can tell from the build record, this is the date of the completion of construction. It is a date marked with the third phase of construction, and is the logical end of the build considering the next date.

3. April 8, 1913 The engine was run in and tested for horsepower 30 hours over two days, concluding on the 8th when it was sent to the painters. Incidentally, this engine only tested out at 60 horsepower on the record - no other comment was made. However, the notes at the end of the build record state that the valve tower was repoured - I believe they did this because it did not test out at 65 hp (which all of the other records I have seen did test out at rated horsepower) and made a correction in the valve travel. Tests I have made since the rebuild in 2004 have consistently resulted in rated hp or better, so this would seem to have merit.

4. April 15, 1913 This is the shipping date, sent to J. H. Bolens in Cuba, Illinois, where the engine ran his sawmill.

Respond with your opinion as to which date you consider the official date. Meanwhile, with the weather getting better it's time to think about getting about cleaning and painting. More pictures to follow

Tom R.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:49:29 AM
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My vote is April 8th
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Default Re: 100th Birthday...but when?

April 5th. It was born on that day, even if it couldn't do push-ups yet. And there are no records to show which date it was conceived on. Gary
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Default Re: 100th Birthday...but when?

Congrats Tom,

Are you planning to bake an birthday cake.
woult be nice to see more 100 year birthday cakes on the stak.
We dit that with the Rumely
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Default Re: 100th Birthday...but when?

April 5th. but I think we need to have a cake in September at the Sandwich Fair also.. My 10hp IHC is 100 years old this year also.
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Default Re: 100th Birthday...but when?

I'd have to go with April 15, because the factory released it on this date and it's usefull life begins for the new owner.
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Default Re: 100th Birthday...but when?

Only 100 years old....my Harrison turned that 31 years ago.

I would have to vote for April 15, I think testing, tuning and painting would still be considered construction.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!

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My Birthday is the day I was born, not the day I started learning or the day I went out to work.
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Default Re: 100th Birthday...but when?

I'd vote for April 5th for the 'official' date, but there's no reason you can't celebrate it all year long like we did with the Heisler Locomotive last year for it's 100th with birthday cakes on several of the open dates throughout the season.

We also fired it on wood all year last year since that was what it was originally built for. Saved a lot of money on coal last year.
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I vote for April 8, because that is also my birthday.
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Happy Birthday, Tom, to 7130 for April!

Clearly, the date can't be March 14, as you've missed that.
So, which date in April?

Consider the numbers 7 x 1 x 3 x 0 = 21
Add in 65 hp = 86
Add in Port Huron, 9 letters = 95

Note the 95th day of the year is April 5th.

Therefore, this Friday must be the birthday.

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Default Re: 100th Birthday...but when?

I vote April 5 as "Birthdate," but April 8 as the "release date."

My 24 has to wait until 2017 for its 100th birthday. Sure am glad we can repair them better than humans.

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Happy Birthday, Tom, to 7130 for April!

Clearly, the date can't be March 14, as you've missed that.
So, which date in April?

Consider the numbers 7 x 1 x 3 x 0 = 21
Add in 65 hp = 86
Add in Port Huron, 9 letters = 95

Note the 95th day of the year is April 5th.

Therefore, this Friday must be the birthday.

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Default Re: 100th Birthday...but when?

I'd vote for the day everything was finally together for the fist time and could be recognized as 'Port Huron Engine No. 7130' and no other - April 5.

PH6637 turned 100 in 2010 and now working on second century!
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Hi Tom; What ever day(s) you choose to celebrate on, have a good time! Remember all your hours and hours of hard , dirty work bringing the ole gal back to her current glory and celebrate not only her, but also your commitment to seeing the project through! Once you are done for the day, toast yourself as well. May she have many parties this year, and may you both have many parties in the years to come. 3/4 A
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HI Tom,

The 15th finally rolled around what did you decide?

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I was always leaning toward the 5th - completion of construction - but I asked others' opinions and didn't want to inflict my own bias on anyone else. It seems that the majority believed in the 5th as well, although not overwhelmingly.

Nonetheless, the weekend before was a big celebration time, with a grandson's birthday party on Friday and Easter dinner Saturday (wife had to work on Sunday), so we had cake ice cream, pizza on Friday; ham with trimmings, pineapple upside-down cake and whipped cream on Saturday - lots of food and fun to help celebrate.

Now that the weather is getting better, it's time to think about getting down there and cleaning, wire-brushing and painting in celebration the 100th year. Maybe this week I'll get started. The grandson is ready to come and fire it up for the spring test, and I told him I would come and get him for that - sometime in May before Steam School in Pontiac.

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Fired today after much cleaning, painting, polishing, etc. Had some help from the grandkids, who had a good time until the ride stopped. Then it was time to go.

Cleaned the injectors out, checked everything to make sure the lift washers were free, installed new check valves, and, of course, the injectors didn't want to work at all. Got one working, will have to spend some quality time with the other at Steam School this weekend.
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The Port is looking good!
Also looks like you had some good help.

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She's looking good Tom.

I will be sorry to miss steam-school this weekend (daughter's graduation).

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