- In 1932 Popular Mechanics Magazine held a contest. Contestants were to construct a scale model of the DeWitt Clinton steam engine, its tender and three passenger coaches. The scale of the model was to be one half inch to one foot. The engine would fit in the palm of a hand. The prize was $1000 and a week in New York City via New York Central Railroad's Twentieth Century Limited.
- Lowry Sexton, my great grandfather, began to construct his model that year, 1932. However, he did not proceed according the Popular Mechanics multi-part article. Instead, Lowry obtained construction blue prints of the actual DeWitt Clinton engine and proceeded to create, to scale, an exact working duplicate, perfect in every detail.
- DeWitt Clinton Model Contest Rules and Materials, Popular Mechanics, January 1932
- DeWitt Clinton Model Locomotive Construction, Popular Mechanics, February 1932
- Announcement of Contest Popular Mechanics, March 1932
- DeWitt Clinton Contest Winners Announced, Popular Mechanics, July 1933
- Announcement of Contest Popular Mechanics, May 1932
- Model believed to have been the winner or a finalist in the contest
- Jesse Tobler's story of building his version of the DeWitt Clinton in 56 years