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Buried Northwest Steam Engine


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Old 11-17-2014, 09:26:20 PM
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Default Buried Northwest Steam Engine

seeing as these engines are fairly scarce, does anyone know if this engine has been located as of yet or just an urban legend
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:25:42 PM
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Default Re: Buried Northwest Steam Engine

Has to be someone who lives close to that town who could check it out.
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Old 11-18-2014, 12:39:17 AM
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Quite likely NOT an urban myth.
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Old 11-18-2014, 03:25:08 AM
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If this story is true...

I've been thinking about this post and trying to understand why the owner would take the time to dig a pit and bury it. Neighbors upset? Church community upset? Other community upset? Wife upset? Accidents? There may have not been a war scrap drive then. But why not just park it in a back corner of your farm and let it rust. It's a lot of time and effort to dig a pit and bury a traction engine in it. - You have to have a reason to do it....

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Default Re: Buried Northwest Steam Engine

There is a story that is true about a roller driver in England who upon his retirement in the 60s was given the roller he drove well bugger that he said and proceeded to drive it in to an existing excavation leaving only the chimley poking out the ground that became a feature in a garden after the area was developed. Anyways permission was granted to dig it out this year and some intrepid enthusiasts dug a tunnel to the footplate to have a look and they found water in the sight glass and the reminets of the last fire so they did what all sensible people would do and put a fire in it and brought it up to 20psi and then took a picture of the smoke coming out of the chimley that was still all that was visible from ground level. They are getting it out but a short write up was in a June issue of old glory
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The story goes that it was drove into a ditch at the time and covered up. The place that is rumored to lay is right in town and there is not a lot of space for parking a steam engine there. I have heard this story from the author of the letter and second hand from the property owner where this engine is rumored to set.
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:21:16 AM
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just seems like kind of a stretch that anyone would dig a hole big enough to bury an engine as opposed to say less effort to take it to the scrappers
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:49:26 AM
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If this story is true...

I've been thinking about this post and trying to understand why the owner would take the time to dig a pit and bury it. Neighbors upset? Church community upset? Other community upset? Wife upset? Accidents? There may have not been a war scrap drive then. But why not just park it in a back corner of your farm and let it rust. It's a lot of time and effort to dig a pit and bury a traction engine in it. - You have to have a reason to do it....

-CB
In a case like this, I believe in most cases the townspeople would be happier to see it relive as working history then going to waster or to scrap .

There is a locomotive buried underground not too far from my house. It has been confirmed based on a high power metal detector showing a long object underground and also magnets go bezerk near the area. A very old gentleman (who has unfortunately passed away) said that his dad watched them bury it when he was a kid. It was part of a logging railroad and when they were done logging, almost all the other lumber in the area had been taken down so they drove it into a small valley on temporary tracks and a farmer who bought the property filled it in so he could farm easier. No they only problem is, it is now on state forest land, so probably will never be extracted.


Do you know the property owner? If so, just ask if you can dig a little man sized hole down to it then fill it back in when done, just to see if it is there. -Mike
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Default Re: Buried Northwest Steam Engine

Seeing as there are no known complete or operating engines of this style, it seems as though an effort might be made to atleast check on the ability to confirm the engines existance and the possiblity of removal, I wonder how expensive of a metal detector or ground pentrating radar would be needed to help locate this if one were allowed to do so
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Old 11-18-2014, 03:29:54 PM
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If you have a very decent orienteering compass (what I ment to say instead of magnet in my last post) and you keep it very close to the ground, it should set it of like a pointing hound dog. -Mike
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