*Feature Photo: The 1913 Case Steam Engine is getting an ultrasound at the Wasatch Railcar Repair facility in Shoshoni to determine what repairs are needed. (Dave Witthar / Pitchengine Communities) * (Shoshoni, Wyo.) - It's a crowd favorite at the Wind River Flywheelers annual show and at parades in Shoshoni, Lander, and Riverton, but lately, it's been losing its steam. The 1913 Case Steam Engine has been chugging away all those years, but in 2007, the boiler on the big engine sprung a leak. It got to the point where the big tractor has been running on compressed air for the last three years. Because of the popularity, and rarity, of the steam engine, the Flywheelers have been fundraising for the nearly $50,000 cost of restoring the engine. That's when Wasatch Railcar Repair moved to Shoshoni and acquired the former train repair facility from the Bighorn Divide and Wyoming Railroad. [image: Inline image 1] *The Steam Engine at the Lander Pioneer Days Parade. (Pitchengine Communities) * According to the club, Wasatch CEO John Rimmasch "examined the engine and determined that the boiler did not seem to be in need of a new replacement." He also offered the club to repair and upgrade the steam engine right there in Shoshoni to state and federal boiler regulations for $30,000. The steam engine is now in the Wasatch shop in Shoshoni for an ultrasound examination to determine exactly what is needed for repair. "We know everyone enjoys the Tractor Drive and the steam whistle in Shoshoni as well as at the July 4th Parade in Lander and the Fair Parade in Riverton," said Flywheelers Secretary Carlta Witthar. "When we have the steam engine repair completed, we can again offer steamed corn at the show. Although Wasatch estimated that the repairs would only take 30 to 60 days, we may not have enough funds for them to start the repairs right away." Witthar said the club is now seeking grants and donations to help gather enough funds for the repair. Visit the club's Facebook
page to learn more, or contact Carlta Witthar at 307-856-1164.