Goal: $300, Received: $90.00 (30%) Contribute Now
Donate whatever you can or Join the 14,000 other NAWCC members for only $80 (plus $10 for hard copy publications). Check it out here.

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Brockville, On Canada
    Posts
    5,547

    Default No more Steam....engines

    Jay's thread on his "steam" powered clock prompted me to start this.

    For the past number of years here in Ontario my wife and I have attended the International Plowing matches in our motorhome. This is really a farming exhibit and of course tractor and horse plowing competitions.

    There is always an exhibit area with antique farm equipment. This year I realized that I haven't heard the familiar sound of the steam whistle from the steam tractors or stationary engines. There are hundreds of old gas, diesel, kerosene and propane, tractors made in Canada, names like Oliver, White farm equipment, Cockshutt, massy feruson, IH, and the list goes on. Starting from the early 1900's, but the 1950's seems to be a good time from the number of old tractors restored from that era.

    Where are the steam engines? Turns out, to get those old boilers certified for use in public places, insurance and the cost of transporting has become prohibitive. I was told that to fire them up someone had to come very early in the morning prior to show opening, and had to stay as late as it took to ensure the boiler fires were cold.

    I sure miss those whistles and the big steam tractors powering the huge portable saw mills.

    David
    David S

  2. #2

    Default Re: No more Steam....engines (By: David S)

    Quote Originally Posted by David S View Post
    Jay's thread on his "steam" powered clock prompted me to start this.

    For the past number of years here in Ontario my wife and I have attended the International Plowing matches in our motorhome. This is really a farming exhibit and of course tractor and horse plowing competitions.

    There is always an exhibit area with antique farm equipment. This year I realized that I haven't heard the familiar sound of the steam whistle from the steam tractors or stationary engines. There are hundreds of old gas, diesel, kerosene and propane, tractors made in Canada, names like Oliver, White farm equipment, Cockshutt, massy feruson, IH, and the list goes on. Starting from the early 1900's, but the 1950's seems to be a good time from the number of old tractors restored from that era.

    Where are the steam engines? Turns out, to get those old boilers certified for use in public places, insurance and the cost of transporting has become prohibitive. I was told that to fire them up someone had to come very early in the morning prior to show opening, and had to stay as late as it took to ensure the boiler fires were cold.

    I sure miss those whistles and the big steam tractors powering the huge portable saw mills.

    David
    We still have loads wandering around here. Yes they need boiler certificates, but there is no shortage of events for them to go to including the local Dorset Great working of steam engines, billed as the largest gathering of steam power in the world.

    We also have two steam ships off the coast regularly, the Waverley, a paddle steamer, and the Shieldhall with twin triple compounds.
    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Brockville, On Canada
    Posts
    5,547

    Default Re: No more Steam....engines (By: novicetimekeeper)

    Nick neat, glad to hear they are still going strong in your area. I hope they will come back next year when we go to the next one.

    David
    David S

  4. #4

    Default Re: No more Steam....engines (By: David S)

    We have an annual "Old Threshers Reunion" here that attracts many old steamers of varying purposes. Pretty cool to see them run.
    A man with a clock always knows the time. A man with two clocks is never sure.

  5. #5
    Registered User FDelGreco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Location
    Novelty, OH
    Posts
    1,569

    Default Re: No more Steam....engines (By: shutterbug)

    In Ohio, we had an annual antique farm equipment show where they would fire up a steam powered sawmill (bandsaw) and turn trees into lumber all day long during the event. The unit had a huge unguarded belt on it. One day the belt let go and killed a spectator. That was the end of that.

    Frank

  6. #6
    Registered User doug sinclair's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Location
    Calgary, Alberta
    Posts
    14,368
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: No more Steam....engines (By: FDelGreco)

    Our local Heritage Park maintains two 1940s vintage steam locomotives. About ten years ago, the crown sheet on the one locomotive was replaced at a cost of ~ $100,000.00! Rebuilding CPR steam locomotive 2816 (including shipping the boiler to Oregon for re-building) was over one million dollars. That also was about 10 years ago. The devastation that might result from an exploding high pressure steam boiler is not a pleasant thing to consider!

  7. #7

    Default Re: No more Steam....engines (By: doug sinclair)

    Quote Originally Posted by doug sinclair View Post
    Our local Heritage Park maintains two 1940s vintage steam locomotives. About ten years ago, the crown sheet on the one locomotive was replaced at a cost of ~ $100,000.00! Rebuilding CPR steam locomotive 2816 (including shipping the boiler to Oregon for re-building) was over one million dollars. That also was about 10 years ago. The devastation that might result from an exploding high pressure steam boiler is not a pleasant thing to consider!
    A brand new railway locomotive was built here a few years ago, that cost around £1M, there is another being built at the moment.

    It has worked out cheaper to build new than to refurbish, I think the cost of refurbing 4472 Flying Scotsman recently would have paid for another 4 locomotives to be built.
    Nick, lots to learn, late starter.

  8. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Brockville, On Canada
    Posts
    5,547

    Default Re: No more Steam....engines (By: FDelGreco)

    Quote Originally Posted by FDelGreco View Post
    In Ohio, we had an annual antique farm equipment show where they would fire up a steam powered sawmill (bandsaw) and turn trees into lumber all day long during the event. The unit had a huge unguarded belt on it. One day the belt let go and killed a spectator. That was the end of that.

    Frank
    The days before OHSA for sure. Looking at all this old equipment with open gears, chains, no guarding in site, no wonder farmers lost fingers limbs and lives.

    David
    David S

  9. #9
    Registered user. MartinM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    El Dorado, CA
    Posts
    2,226

    Default Re: No more Steam....engines (By: David S)

    We still get to see lots of steam trains here in Sacramento and the surrounding towns.
    https://www.californiarailroad.museu...?p=train-rides
    But, none of them compare with a good old Midwestern threshing exhibition/competition and display of the flexibility of a steam tractor.
    Living life at eight beats per minute.

Similar Threads

  1. No more adjustment on Pendulum, still running too fast!!!
    By The General in forum Clock Repair
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 01-07-2015, 08:13 AM
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-15-2013, 07:41 AM
  3. Kundo - too fast and no more adjustment.
    By Freddie in forum Electric Horology
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-27-2011, 09:37 AM
  4. my lastest find ~ Hamilton 950 B NOS in 14k!
    By james shutts in forum American Pocket Watches
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 09-23-2005, 09:37 AM
  5. one more question
    By mrb in forum Horological Tools
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-21-2004, 04:12 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •