Ben Winter’s Steam Engine in one of the cherished tourist sites of Illinois. There is an interesting story behind this famous steam engine. Ben as a young boy grew up with engines all around him. He literally let off steam whenever he wanted to. Ben’s father Martin G. Winter did custom threshing & shedding corn. Ben still uses the historic steam engine & relieves a time when threshing cornfields was the only daylong job. Those jobs required half tons of coals & thousands of gallons of water.
It was in 1981 that Ben began & restoring steam engines, thereby amassing a huge collection of steam engines, so much so that he built a museum close to his house. At present this museum houses fifteen steam engines along with several gas engines & oil engines. This apart, there are also several antiques ranging from Victrolas to Linotype machines. An organ pipe from St. Paul Lutheran Church is also there. In 1991, Ben added two amusement park trains, a diesel engine & last but not least, a steam engine. If you ever visit Illinois, then make sure that you visit Ben Winter’s Steam Engine Museum.
1815 E 900th Ave,
Altamont, Illinois 62411
Phone: (618) 483-6665