ISSUE DATE: 12/28/2009
By Doug Rich
Glen Wright, Cushing, Okla., has been collecting and restoring steam engines, tractors, Model T and Model A cars for most of his adult life. Along the way, he has collected some interesting stories, too.
Mary Lou Wright knew from the beginning that she had married a collector. On their honeymoon her husband, Glen, stopped to look in every pawn shop they happened to come across.
At that time, Glen Wright was collecting guns; but, in the late 1950s he began collecting and storing bigger items like steam engines, old tractors, as well as Model T and Model A cars. Wright said he became fascinated with steam engines as a kid, watching his neighbor thrash grain with an old steam engine. Since 1959, Wright has purchased, restored, and sold many of the big steam engines.
"I don't keep them," Wright said. "I get them running, fix them up, and pass them on for someone else to enjoy."
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