Friday, August 15, 2014

Sycamore Steam Show

Today for a change of pace we'll visit the steam power show and threshing bee in nearby Sycamore.  I hadn't been there for a long time.  Of course steam railroading is much better, but it's still very interesting to see the various steam-powered devices in action.  And I have many more pictures if anybody's interested.  A good time was had by both of us.

First, an actual steam shovel in operation:
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And a steam roller:
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A tandem-compound stationary engine:
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And then there was the big parade, with twenty or thirty steam tractors, followed by many more internal combustion tractors and so on.
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Several steam tractors are currently equipped with locomotive-type whistles, and I don't know if these could be original issue or not.   This one even has a railroad-style headlight:
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1 comment:

Frank Hicks said...

Hey, neat! That last one is an Avery, built in Peoria. Avery tractors were real "road locomotives" with a double under-mount engine design not terribly dissimilar from a steam locomotive.