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Steam engine education: steam schools carefully prepare students at all levels, from beginners to tomorrow's engineers.

Looking for a fun, informative way to finally get your hands on a steam engine? Enroll in a steam school this year to learn from life-long engineers.

From valuable classroom learning to cleaning tubes to chugging along the grounds, there's no better way to discover the thrills of safe steam engine operation and maintenance. Courses fill quickly, so don't wait to register. FC

Iowa Midwest Old Threshers Reunion Steam School When: May 16-17 Where: Midwest Old Threshers show grounds, Mt. Pleasant Tuition: $75

The two-day course offers classroom instruction and hands-on experience. Materials and two noon meals are included.

For more information: CEO Terry McWilliams, 405 E. Threshers Ril., Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641; (319) 3858937; email:

Heritage Park of North Iowa 14th Annual Steam Engineer School When: May 16-17 Where: Heritage Park of North Iowa, Forest City Tuition: $40

Materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshments are included. Free primitive camping is also available. A test similar to the test required by the State of Minnesota for a Hobby Steam Engineer's License will be administered at the conclusion of the seminar but is not mandatory. Class size is limited to 50. Online registration is available.

For more information: Jerred Ruble, Director of Shows, Heritage Park of North Iowa, 754 342nd St., Hanlontown, IA 50444; (612) 860-9830; email:

Minnesota Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion/University of Rollag Steam School When: June 20-21 Where: Steamer Hill, Rollag Tuition: $50

The two-day course offers classroom instruction and hands-on experience using a wide range of steam equipment, including stationary, traction, miniature and railroad engines. The class is certified for Minnesota, North Dakota and Ohio steam hobby licenses. WMSTR is the only training approved by the State of Minnesota not provided by a state-run entity. Materials and two meals are included. Class size is limited to 70; early enrollment is suggested as the course typically fills by May 1.

For more information: Tom Hall, University of Rollag, PO Box 999, Moorhead, MN 56561; (218) 233-1771.

Pennsylvania Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Assn. Steam School When: May 16 and May 30 Where: Rough & Tumble grounds, Kinzers Tuition: $75

The two-day course emphasizes safety, maintenance and operation. Mornings are devoted to classroom instruction; afternoon sessions consist of hands-on experience, including cleaning, inspection, maintenance and operation. Students will be introduced to operating railroad engines, a steam roller and various steam traction equipment. All materials are included. Class size is limited to 27, age 14 and older. Applications are being accepted now; early application is suggested as school fills quickly. Must be a Rough & Tumble member or join prior to steam school.

For more information: John Johnson (717) 442-4249; email:;

Virginia Somerset Steam & Gas Engine Assn. 17th Annual Somerset Steam School When: April 11-12 Where: Fairfield View Dairy Farm, 14375 Blue Ridge Turnpike, Somerset, VA 22972 Tuition: $75

The course is divided into classroom and hands-on sessions with a focus on education, familiarization and safety in operation and maintenance of steam engines and boilers. All materials and two noon meals are included. Class size is limited to 20

For more information: Gil Roberts, PO Box 492, Somerset, VA 22972; (540) 672-3429; email:

Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Steam Engine Assn. 12th Annual Steam School When: Sept. 25-27 Where: Rock River Thresheree show grounds, Edgerton Tuition: $65

Subjects include steam theory, boiler construction, safety, maintenance and operation with hands-on experience. All materials, coffee, donuts and lunch on Saturday and Sunday are included. Free primitive camping is available on the show grounds. The American Society of Power Engineers test will be offered (but is not mandatory) on Sunday for an additional fee of $55. Class size is limited to 40; preregistration is required. Completion counts for 16 hours toward those required to obtain a state operator's license in Minnesota and Ohio.

For more information: Jeff Bloemers, Wisconsin Historical Steam Engine Assn. Steam School, 5903 Cart Path Rd. Sheboygan, WI 53081; (920) 287-1146; email:

Did we miss your club's steam school? Contact Matt Kelly at or 1-800-682-4704 to get your club included in future listings.

By Matt Kelly
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