THE RESTORATION OF AN AVERY
Drummond Brothers Farming, 15509 Drummond Road, Orient, Ohio
This is the story of the restoration of a 30 HP Avery
under-mounted engine # 4019 built in 1910. This is an update to the
article I had in the November/December 1975 issue of The Iron Men
Album, page 37.
After getting the big Avery moved from Nebraska in late summer
of 1975, we ran the engine a number of times that fall. As the
Avery needed some work done, we decided that we would rebuild the
engine. The work of dismantling the engine started in the fall of
1975. As the engine was being torn down, a note was made of the
worn parts such as pinions, bearings, piston rods and other parts.
The engine also had a number of missing parts such as steam pump,
feed water heater and the shifting fork and other parts for the
two-speed gear shifting device. We found some of the small parts,
but big parts such as the feed water heater had to be made. A man
in Indiana loaned us the heater off of his 40 HP Avery to use as a
pattern so that we could get the parts made. The bunkers for the
Avery were made at a shop in Nebraska. In order to replace the worn
pinions we had to have wooden patterns made so that we could have
the pinions cast. After the boiler was sandblasted and painted, the
smaller parts were sandblasted and painted. The parts were then put
back on the engine.
The cab was the last big work to be done on the Avery and this
work was done by Roger Drummond. The nails used in the construction
of the cab are original Avery nails. With the cab work done the
work of installing the coal and water bunkers was next. In June of
1980, after this work was done, the engine was fired up for the
first time since the restoration work.
The last work to be done was the striping and lettering. The
Avery was now ready to go to the shows. It was shown for the first
time at the Mad River Steam and Gas Show at Urbana, Ohio in July of
1980. There the Avery won the Charlie Harrison Memorial trophy
given in memory of Mr. Charlie Harrison by his wife, Heldia.
While the Avery was at the show, a discussion came up among some
as to what size the Avery was and if Avery put the water tank under
the fire box. The engine is a 30 HP and the tanks are correct. I
have a collection of Avery catalogs and can back up what I say.
The Avery is owned by the Drummond brothers. The restoration
work was done by Roger Drummond.