Nick Howell


Lone Pine to Needles, via the Hoover Dam

As I am the chauffeur and often driving all day long, Chris is the camera and PR man, but it seems he finds it easier to post to his Facebook page than it is to post here so I had better catch up a bit…. Lone Pine, where we stayed on Saturday night, is in a long dry valley in California. It’s main claim to fame seems to be that many of the early Westerns were filmed there with actors such as Gene Autry, Clark Gable, John Wayne–a few films– but all of The Lone Ranger series! More recently Gladiator […]

Yosemite road out over top

Arizona Daily Sun article, 23rd August 2014

Nice piece about our USA trip to date and the proposed and original 1902 one to The Grand Canyon in today’s Arizona Daily Sun   http://azdailysun.com/news/local/all-steamed-up-brothers-to-recreate-st-car-trip-from/article_6745481c-2a7f-11e4-8d7e-0019bb2963f4.html


Al Doyle, Arizona’s forgotten Guide.

Thanks are mainly due to one man, Al Doyle of Flagstaff, for the actual route that Chris and I are hoping to take in the Toledo, through the forest and along the old stage coach trail to the Grand Canyon. Mr Doyle also planned and went on the car on the original journey in January 1902; it was his local knowledge of cabins, creeks and the landscape that kept the party alive during the, unexpected, four day trip that had been planned as an afternoon out!   Credit should be given to my source of the Real West magazine and […]


Schedule of events planned at Flagstaff

Here is the wonderful schedule of timings and places that we intend to be at when we visit Flagstaff next week to do our re-run of the 1902 trip to the Grand Canyon.   Tom Martin, in Flagstaff, has put this together with some wonderful assistance from Brian Blue, and they even drove the route to check it out–and found a couple of hard places that we should avoid…… ¬†See the schedule here


Follow our route from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon

For you good folks who wish to see where we are planning to go, here is a link to show you the route for the Flagstaff to Grand Canyon challenge  next week. The red line is the drivable route, the yellow one the original trail. FlagStaff to the Grand Canyon


Testing at the Camel Valley house

Nick dismantled a load of things…water pump, fuel pump, link rod to the Stephenson mechanism. He is trying to find a balance between the amount of steam going into the engine NOT being wet steam but dry superheated. Apart from this the boiler plate is playing up..instead of the flame being above the plate…rather like a gas cooker you see a blue flame above the burner, there has been some blowback where the fuel ignites underneath the plate…which means the plate starts to glow red hot and not something which is desirable. Maybe some of the jets are sooted up…..who […]