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Old 02-20-2008, 11:20:02 AM
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Hi Folks,
Thought I would share a few rare pix of some of Wellsville, New York's finest. The first pics show the elaborate Little Giant portable made by McEwen. It probably took longer to detail that it did to build! The next pic shows the McEwen factory and sheds. The photographer was a chance taker. He took the picture whilst standing in the guage! The railroad is the New York, Lake Erie and Western, usually known to all us older locals as the Erie. Norfolk Southern coal drags now ply this route. None of the Little Giant steam engines are known to exist. Very little is known about them. Hope you enjoy these!
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Now THAT would be cute!

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Brian, there was a vertical Little Giant steam engine at an auction here in Maine about 1985, but I could not tell you if it was a McEwen Bros. engine or not. A bidder from New Hampshire bought it and assume it went to N.H. As a suggestion you might contact Owl's Head Transportation Museum, Owl's Head, Maine, as they have had many different steam engines through their auctions, and their exec. director deals in steam items frequently.
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Now, I have to wonder if the Little Giant was built as a vertical and a horizontal. I would see no reason for it not to be built both ways. I am going to contact Owl's Head museum and see what turns up.

McEwen Bros was in business here from the 1860s to late in 1940s. They built all kinds of castings for the lumbering and tannery industries. There product range was from manhole covers to complete store fronts. Boilers were built in any horsepower requirement you wanted. Domestic steam heat boilers were a specialty. I know where a 1914 McEwen boiler is still in use to heat a greenhouse here in town. Oil well supplies were made to order. They did build gas engines. Most were two cycle conversions for steam engine frames -Half Breeds! Thier capability in erecting steam can be seen from small engines like the Little Giant to huge triple expansion muti cylinder steam engines used in ship propulsion. The Wellsville plant had 4 sidings in Wellsville at various points in town. Three were at the plant. McEwen also had a branch plant in Ridgeway, Pennsylvania. The dwindling local lumber and oil industries eventually led to the closing of both plants. All the buildings here in Wellsville are gone. They used to take up two blocks both sides along the tracks with a walk in store front on main street. The last one was razed in the 1990s to build a damn drugstore. Thier only competition here in town was Clark & Norton Mfg. Company. But thats a whole 'nuther story!
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Some very interesting engines came out of the empire state. I have been looking at the picture and it appears the fire was external to the boiler. The fire heated the outside of the boiler shell on the bottom then the gases made a single pass threw the boiler and up the chimney? or two passes maybe? Similar to how some of those big industrial RT boilers were fired set on brick foundations?
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