|This engine appears to be a 4 cylinder cross compound with piston valves. We do not know for certain. It appears to have a very well developed cutoff control also. The engine was designed in 1954 by Lee Gaeke of the Detroit area who worked under the name SuperSteam. The work was paid for by Forrest R. Detrick, a banker out of Worthington, Ohio.|
|Gaeke eventually moved to Bucyrus, Ohio where he worked with Mehrling and made a prototype steam car, the Yellow Monster, for Detrick. All steam work stopped in about 1957 when Detrick died. This engine was in the Harrah collection and is now in private hands in the Chicago area. There is no printed record of this engine or anything about it. We think the design was inspired by the Cruban Empire car that Detrick purchased in order to learn about modern steam power. The Empire car is now in Dayton, Ohio and being restored to running condition.|
The blueprints were saved by Detrick's son and Tom has copies of them.
Detrick Blueprint: Click Here