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Steam show pics

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Shep, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. Shep

    Shep Member

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    Finally got around to uploading a few pics to photo bucket that I took at a steam show back in Sept.

    A little Kitten traction engine

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    A big Reeves plow engine

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    My dad`s little 5/8th scale Wood Brothers engine being tended by Kim Nickols

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    A little Case 13/40 Road Roller

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    A Brit made Kelly Springfield roller

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    A couple of companies used to convert Model T Fords into small farm tractors

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    A 1/4 scale model of a Case engine

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    An Edsel

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    A few other cars and trucks

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  2. woolleyworm

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    Great shots Shep; I love when they fire up the steam engines; nothing else like them!
  3. BETH

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    wow thanks for the pictures, what is that little black and yellow car?
  4. geds

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    VERY COOL! My father-in-law was raised on the plains of NE Colorado and would've loved to go to this show! Thanks for sharing!
  5. JLA

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    Im thinkin steam engine tractor pull would be cool.

    How do you upload so many photos to one post?
  6. Shep

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    A traction engine pull would probably not be a good idea. You can`t stall out a steam engine. If you try to pull too much either the wheels will spin or the drive gears will break. And these things are so heavy with so much traction it`s probably even money which will happen first.
    These things are nearly all pre 1920. Cast iron gears are the weak points in the big engines. If you want to pull to the point of actually stopping one of these old beast it would be a good idea to replace the gears with steel ones.
    As is one of these engines will pull more than most modern bulldozers, but they do have limits. And if you pull too much you are looking for trouble.
    I`ve seen it happen. 4 years ago a couple of young guys were operating their Grandfather-in-law`s 30/90 Wood Brothers plow engine. Having the 3rd largest engine at that show, and being young and dumb, they wanted to show off and pushed too far. Cracked a chunk out of the right hand drive gear.
    It must have cost them a bundle to replace that gear. On an engine that big the drive gears are over 5 feet in diameter. And it would have to be cast using the old one as a pattern and then machined. I never did hear what the new gear cost. My best guess is north of $6,000.
    Needless to say I`ve never seen those boys operate that engine again.


    As for the photos, I don`t upload any photos at all. I just put in the image codes and you are drawing them straight from the photo bucket site when you look at the post.
  7. Gabob

    Gabob Well-Known Member

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    I used to enjoy taking my John Deere 40 and 8 N Ford to tractor shows. Usually had a few steamers there .
  8. Shep

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    Not sure. Might be an Austin.
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    Austin was my guess also
  10. Nighthawk

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    Nice - Thanks
  11. Shep

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    The Mt. Pleasent Iowa show is a large one. About 100 steam traction engines and I would bet well over 1,000 tractors.
    Here are a few more.

    A Baker engine. Not sure of the size. Maybe a 20/60.

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    A 25/75 Case

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    22/70 Wood Brothers This is the engine my dad`s 5/8th model is based on

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    A little Russell engine Maybe a 15/45. Can`t tell from the pic

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  12. JLA

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    Photobucket.. thats it..
  13. Trevor1837

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    Thanks for the pics! They are cool
  14. hardball1962

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    Neat pic's Thanks for posting.
  15. ponycar17

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    Maybe it's because I've never seen one working but it's just odd to me that some of these contraptions were ever considered viable pieces of equipment. Yep, I'm pretty ignorant of steam engines. Those solid wheeled tractors just look PAINFUL to drive. Ughhhhhh!!!!! :eek2:

    And the front of that Edsel... Hmm, that looks familiar?.... ;)
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