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150 hp Russell in the Jungle of Panama?


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Old 02-03-2010, 09:43:28 PM
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Default 150 hp Russell in the Jungle of Panama?

Have just returned from Panama from my 6th trip in the past 10 years, I have received my best leads yet concerning the 150 hp Russell Road Locomotive that the late Rich Leonard told me about 20 years ago in the jungle of Panama.
We were visiting family in Panama for the Holidays & our niece was home from college in Argentina. While out visiting with some friends, she was explaining that her Aunt & Uncle collected & restored steam engines. Also that I was looking for a rather large steam tractor in Panama without much luck. A classmate from high schools days, over heard the conversation & told of seeing one in the jungle at an old mine site, a year or so ago on a trip in the jungle area near Columbia.
I would dare say that 99% of the Panamians have never been or had any desire to go to this remote part of Panama. There is only one road into this jungle area. If the dense jungle is not enough of a problem with its bad roads, the real danger is with the Columbia Rebels which cross over into the area to evade the Columbia army. There have been many blood clashes with the Panamian Police who try to keep them out. Not really safe for an American & his wife, so we have been warned.
With this information we called a friend in Panama City that buys lumber out that way. He told us he had seen a bunch of abandoned equipment at an old mine site out that way but had never paid it much attention. He promised to take a lot of photos the next time he was out that way. On the day before I came home, I was introduced to a man who's hobby is diving ,looking for ship wrecks from the 1500's and has some friends out that way he plans to contact and see what he can find out for me. He is very interested in history and think will be a great help. I left my 1908 Russell Catalog(reprint, thank you Brenda!) with him for future reference.
We will need to wait and see what happens, see if we have found the right site, and hope it has not fallen to the scrap drive which also hit Panama about the same time as here in the states. If it proves to be the Russell 150 then we will need to decide if on my next trip to Panama, can we safely go see it. If it turns out to a more common engine I think I will pass.
Colin if it would to be 150 Case it all yours buddy.
So have we found the 150 Rich talked about, well hopefully I will some day soon have more information for you.Would love to hear from anyone who might be able to add anything to my hunt. Enjoyed reading smokestak from Panama where it was 80 to 85 degrees with a great breeze. (sorry just had to rub it in Beth )----------------------------------- TWD
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Default Re: 150 hp Russell in the Jungle of Panama ???

Tom,
So, if it's a 32 HP or 40 HP Gaar-Scott can I have dibs on it?
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No, me first, me first!!!!!
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Mr. Diehl,
If it turns out to be a 25 Advance-Rumely, I would be glad to help,
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Default Re: 150 hp Russell in the Jungle of Panama ???

Tom,

I'll coordinate the project from Michigan....those jungle critters do not sound like fun! We could do a live feed of the progress!!

Colin,

Have you purchased your ticket yet to see if it is a 150 CASE yet?

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Any Greyhound?
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Not to jump in here but I would be up for owning a 150 Russell, it would go good with the rest of the Russells we own. I hope you get it Tom it would be a great prize to have and share with the steam hobby. If it would end up being a 110 Case or parts let me know I can put it to use for the boiler and parts I just got, that I am thinking of putting 13"x13" Case together.

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Zach you guys got way to many Russells already, think positive about this... maybe it is a really big Minnie, yeah thats the ticket, expand your horizons.
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Can you rent a chopper in the area and fly over the site or even land? I think I would have to find a way in there even if it meant riding a dirt bike at 50mph on rough roads for hours just to out run the bad folks, or ride in the back of a truck under tarps to not be seen. I have had a few of those interesting trips in the "hollers" of WV with my dad growing up as a child looking for engines.

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Tom you need the 150. You could put the 6hp on the smokebox like a hood ornament
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