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Old 11-26-2011, 02:07 PM
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Aren't they magnificent ?
As a young boy I saw one actually working on road construction, didn't look as fancy as the one you are showing.

Also worth seeing are Traction Engines and Showman's Engines both colourfull with lots of brass, they do occaisionally have shows where the enthusiasts bring them out and show them off.

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Thanks for the pictures, Mike. It's a treat to get to see some of these old machines.

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Aren't they magnificent ?
As a young boy I saw one actually working on road construction, didn't look as fancy as the one you are showing.

Also worth seeing are Traction Engines and Showman's Engines both colourfull with lots of brass, they do occaisionally have shows where the enthusiasts bring them out and show them off.

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Those pics were taken at the Mt. Plesant IA steam show back in sept.
Just now starting to get a few of them loaded up to photo bucket.

Here is a little 1/4 scale model of a 21/65 Case traction engine.





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Soon as I saw that all I could think was "I'm gonna inject your soul, with sweet rock and roll, and shoot you full of rhythm and blues".
Anybody under about 35 will have no idea what that means.
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OH, man, why did you do that to me? I didn't think any still existed.

I watched one rolling a street patch in Spokane. Lessee, I was about ten. That would make it 1935. The machine was fascinatiing, dirty and tired.

Your pictures are great!
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I saw a guy driving one of the modern ones the other day.

He was texting while rolling.

I'm not kidding.
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OH, man, why did you do that to me? I didn't think any still existed.

I watched one rolling a street patch in Spokane. Lessee, I was about ten. That would make it 1935. The machine was fascinatiing, dirty and tired.

Your pictures are great!
There are not many of the old rollers left. Most went to the scrap yards during WWII, as did most of the standard traction engines.
The prices of the traction engines have gone out of reach of most people these days.
My dad owned 3 over the years back before they became so expensive. Sold his last one in 97 when he moved to town.
A few years ago he decided to build one small enough to play with in town. Sold his two Model T Fords to finance buying and fabricating the matterials he needed.
Was 3 years before he fired it for the first time and 4 years before he had it the way he wanted it.
A 5/8th scale Wood Brothers 22/70. It weighs over 3 ton and will pull a 3 bottom plow, so it may be a scale model but it`s not exactly what you could call a toy like that little 1/4 scale Case in the pics above.









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If I had a choice between a "tech convention" and a fair displaying these old machines it wouldn't be a contest. They truly inspire a sense of awe and admiration for the people who built, maintained and ran them. It's to bad our children don't have an opportunity to tinker with them rather than computers. Thanks for sharing these photos.
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Magnificient machines. They bring back some old memories.
Thanks for posting them.
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If I had a choice between a "tech convention" and a fair displaying these old machines it wouldn't be a contest. They truly inspire a sense of awe and admiration for the people who built, maintained and ran them. It's to bad our children don't have an opportunity to tinker with them rather than computers. Thanks for sharing these photos.
At least I can operate a steam engine without blowing it up.
That`s not always true of computers.
Must be showing my age. Strange to think that there are entire generations now that have no idea what life was like before it became digitized.
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Great pics.
Makes me wanna sing-
james taylor - Steamroller Blues - Live - YouTube


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A friend of my Dad had a steam engine that he used for threshing and powering a big lumber saw. He probably used it for other things also. Don't know what happened to it. He kept some huge mules instead of horses and got kicked in the head and eventually died from the brain damage.
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Great pics.
Makes me wanna sing-
james taylor - Steamroller Blues - Live - YouTube


You have GOT to be kidding, Lee!
You ever heard of Elvis??!!
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If I had a choice between a "tech convention" and a fair displaying these old machines it wouldn't be a contest. They truly inspire a sense of awe and admiration for the people who built, maintained and ran them. It's to bad our children don't have an opportunity to tinker with them rather than computers. Thanks for sharing these photos.
they look popular subjects for live steam models over here - reasonably priced too

Mamod Working Model Steam Engines and Locomotives
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they look popular subjects for live steam models over here - reasonably priced too

Mamod Working Model Steam Engines and Locomotives

I have several Mamod steam engines; a stationary engine, a traction engine, and a locomotive, with a couple of cars and some track. It's been quite a few years now since I fired them up. Oddly enough, the stationary engine is the most fun.

My grandson ought to appreciate them in a couple of years.
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