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Old 08-20-2005, 04:14:13 PM
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anyone know whereabouts of any 14 hrs buffalo-pitts engines and or parts.
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Ever come up with parts for your Buffalo? I have a complete & operational 8-1/2 x 10" 15hp single reverse mount that could be used for patterns.

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Old 10-14-2006, 09:56:53 AM
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Any one know what happened to Jim Johnson's Buffalo-Pitts steam engine??? It was sold at his sale in 1998 and I think it went to a gentleman in Whitewater Wisconsin. I have heard that was for sale but needed major repairs. Just Curious?? NM
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I belive this is a 14 horse Buffalo - pitts. We have it in the cue for restortion after we finish a 1909 CASE 20. It is a running engine but in need of some work.

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I've had this one out there before, but it is an older photo my wife took of me and this smaller Buffalo Pitts at Moses Lake, WA- Between Spookane and Seattle.
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Steamerguy,

That roller looks unusual. I do not expect too see a dome on a buffalo roller. and the iron straps holding the front bolster is odd, is that an old repair, or an old reboiler. Also missing is the mid undermounted water tank. Is that a buffalo-pitts, or just buffalo, or buffalo-springfiled?

I saw a similar roller at the town near where I work. A buffalo springfield 10 ton steam roller. Accidentally dropped off the truck and broken up pretty bad. But they would not let it got for love or money. it had been donated to a museum 20 yrs or more(?) back, which is when it took a tumble and returnd to the town for indefinate decay. I think they got sick of the collector inquirys and moved it out behind the buildings.
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The Iron straps are a repair. It looks like they broke the original just behind the king pin. It has been welded and strapped. It is a buffalo-Pitts of about 1914 dated by boiler number 9987. It is a butt strap boiler. Unfortunately I do not have much history on it. Did you also notice that they had filled the front wheel with concrete!!.

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Dean or whomever,
I remember a Kelly Springfield roller at Belgrade when I first started going there. I could probably go back to an Iron Men Album or Bob Rhode's book on Roadrollers and find out, but when did it go from Kelly Springfield to Buffalo Springfield? I have a photo somewhere of the Kelly, but not at my side.

I decided to place this photo of a Pitts, made at Buffalo, NY, portable that is at Twin Bridges, Montana.
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I belive this is a 14 horse Buffalo - pitts. We have it in the cue for restortion after we finish a 1909 CASE 20. It is a running engine but in need of some work.

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Steamrguy:
How did they clean the tubes with that pedestal in front of the smokebox door?

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Gary,
I think it was later teen's when Kelly-Springfield and Buffalo merged to make Buffalo-Springfield. However, due to anti-trust laws in place at the time, it was quite a few years before they could call their equipment Buffalo-Springfield, if I remember the story right.

In my collection of "junque", I have a 10-ton Buffalo-Springfield, built to the Kelly-Springfield design. Anyone know where a decent boiler for this beast is???? I'd love to put it together, but the boiler was exposed to warm, moist MS air for over 70 years, and is pretty well shot!

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Boy, I tell ya you need a flexable rod to clean them. There is no way around that pedestal, you just got to deal with it. A scraper works better that a tight fitting brush.

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The Kelly Springfield engine at Belgrade.
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Buffalo Pitts had a nice catalog cover.
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Here are a few links to pictures of Daniel Anderson's big Buffalo Pitts... 35 HP???

http://www.rollag.com/pages/BUFFALO_PITS_01_JPG.htm

http://www.rollag.com/pages/Buffalo_...teamer_jpg.htm

http://www.rollag.com/pages/Buffalo_Pitts_jpg.htm

This engine is BIG! They have it set up to burn straw at times, too. The steam pipe running to the governor is very long, so long that they've insulated it. Was this normal practice on Buffalo Pitts engines? Also, the boiler is very wide. Does anybody know what the diameter of the barrel is?

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Hi Colt:
Here's a photo I took of Daniel Anderson's 35 h.p. Buffalo Pitts being hitched to a wagon. Look at the engines platform . . . appears they've been firing with straw . . . doesn't it?

(Photo taken September 1, 2006)

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Gary K,
They were firing it with straw when I was at Rollag in 2005, during the parade, anyway.
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This is a 50hp Buffalo Pitts road locomotive shown at Armstead, Montana. The Silver Fissure Mining Company was hauling silver ore to the railhead at Armstead. The 50hp RL didn't have a flywheel nor a steam dome. Andrew Gibbs has one of these, or much of one of these in Australia. It was also featured in a Steam Traction magazine article.
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Here's something kind of neat...

If you go to www.google.com/images you'll be in for a treat! Type in the name of something that you're interested in, for example "Reeves steam" (to get rid of references to people named Reeves) or Buffalo Pitts. A quick search for "Buffalo Pitts" brought up these interesting photos:

A big double traction engine, aren't those water tanks huge?:

http://wnyheritagepress.org/photos_w...falo_pitts.jpg

A very nice, original portable down in Australia:

http://www.steamengine.com.au/events...s_portable.jpg

Another nice old scene, this one of a single cylinder Buffalo Pitts engine with a separator.

http://centerline.grobbel.org/Warren...Fevre_farm.jpg

A traction engine in Australia:

http://www.tourisminternet.com.au/Alxtram2.JPG

And a derelict Buffalo Pitts engine:

http://www.pbase.com/antlegg/image/57902840

If you try the google image search you'll find more, too.

Have a good one,

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Colt -

Do you have access to a better photo of the Pitts/thresher ensamble? The head tank graphics are of particular interest to me. I've feared some features of my graphics that I put on my tank were wrong. This may confirm it.

Thanx.......

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some scans of the 1906 catalog. It just struck me thats it is 100 year old paper.
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