Thursday, December 2, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
With the significance of this car to our local history, we were excited to have the opportunity to bring it home and properly exhibit it at the Heritage Park. It will be blasted, painted and exhibited coupled to our 70 ton diesel locomotive from Ellwood Engineered Castings in Hubbard.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Monday, November 16, 2009
On November 22, 2009 the Tod Engine Foundation will become the Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation. The new name better describes our mission of preserving the steel industry heritage of the Youngstown steelmaking district which includes both the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys. Our primary function will continue to be the construction and operation of the Tod Engine Heritage Park, however other projects are in the works including instituting memberships, publication of a quarterly journal featuring articles about Youngstown district steelmaking history and steel preservation around the world, and of course working to educate the public about the dynamic history of steelmaking in the Youngstown district.
For our new logo we are using the former "Youngstown Steel" ladle and arrow mark which was developed by the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company. This mark once represented high quality steel products manufactured by YS&T, now it represents the preservation of all of our steelmaking heritage.
The officers of the Youngstown Steel Heritage Foundation include: Rick Rowlands President, Zara Rowlands Secretary and Rich Rees Treasurer. The board of directors include: Rick Rowlands, David Tod II, Dr. Thomas E. Leary, Ken Izzo and Chris Dawson.
New bylaws are being drafted and we expect to have a new website up and running and begin a membership drive by the end of the year.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Here are the latest images of the enginehouse now that the Morgan crane has been installed. I am planning to hang the rest of the steel siding on the north side of the building tomorrow, and then the major work will be done until we can raise some additional funding to erect the endwalls.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
The two overhead crane runway girders for the enginehouse were purchased secondhand for half the cost of new steel. They both need a few gussets welded in place and holes drilled for the runway rail clips. The photo shows one of the girders in my garage at home being drilled for rail clips using an ancient Black and Decker magnetic drill press. It poked twenty 7/8" dia. holes in the cap channel and top flange of the 22" wide flanged beam without any trouble at all. However the gear whine could be heard throughout the neighborhood!
Monday, September 7, 2009
While many Americans celebrated Labor Day today by taking the day off, your s truly was hard at work building more concrete forms for the Tod Enginehouse at the Tod Engine Heritage Park. I've set a goal of having enough of the building finished by next summer to hold a couple of public open houses at the site and try to build more interest in the project and our wonderful Youngstown landmark. 2010 will be the Tod Engine's "Coming Out Year".
Construction of the enginehouse is progressing at a good pace. There is a bit more concrete work to do before we can start erecting the building, but by the end of October I plan to have the basic building erected. We'll get there one way or another as I've never been more motivated than I am now to get this goal reached before winter.
By the way now is a rare opportunity to see the Tod Engine in the open before it is enclosed by the building. So come on out to the Park and see the engine before the building goes up, you'll be glad you did!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
The Morgan crane received its first coat of Caterpillar yellow today. This color is a bit more pleasing than the bright canary yellow which the crane previously wore. Also, the temporary shelter which had covered the cylinders for the past three years was taken down, making this the first time that the assembled engine could be seen unobstructed.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
So go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/todengine and enjoy the videos!