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Examples of How They USED to Haul Engines!


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Default Examples of How They USED to Haul Engines!

Here are some examples of the "old" days.......

Yes, the photo of the 32 Port Huron portable is reversed. Blaker hauled it back from the UP of Michigan like that!

The second is the 19 hp Port Huron being hauled on an old unit where the rear axle of the trailer is removed to load.

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The first picture is the little 10hp Advance when it was sold and shipped out west loaded into a box trailer. The second picture is Harley hand winching a separator up skids onto his 42 Ford aka miss fitt.Click image for larger version

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**Here's your "loco" photo! Beth**
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Another from an early NTA at Blakers.

Yes, I believe that is my 24 Port Huron with the pretty brass bands in the background.
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Just talked with my brother and he remined me of steam engine load that went very bad. Years ago an old neighbor came down to look at one of our steamers and he said that even though it was neat, it brought back very bad memories. It turns out he had just got a new 2 ton Chevy flat bed(1937-1940?) and was asked by a well know farmer south of Massillon ,to pick up a steam traction engine. After backing into a ditch to load ,they started to go on to the truck and broke the truck in half.The farmer had told him it weighted about 3000 or 4000lbs at the most. To make matters worse the farmer told my neighbor the truck was of no concern of his and he never received a dime!!
Sorry to say no photos where ever taken that we know off!!!! And you think you have had bad days! -----------------------TWD
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Here's the March 1971 article in Western Engines that Blaker wrote. That would have been a long trip from Nebraska to Ohio with a single axle tractor!

The engine currently resides at Buckley with Tom Graham as the owner.

Thanks again to Chuck for sending me his Blaker collection!
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Thats the one real problem in the trucking business,every one thinks they know more than the driver and if you don't stand your ground they will get you into stupid problems every time! Thats why most of us older truckers are so disagreeable I just love these old truck pictures,I still have a few of those old chevies around on the farm. F.J.W.
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Did anyone see the 2 old planes in the background? I wonder how many folks flew into these gatherings? Planes were used to locate engines....

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28 hp Abell being hauled off of farm at Laird, Saskatchewan and heading for the Western Development Museum in 1948!
Damn - extension rims and she looks like she just came off a threshing run!
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The old truck under it is almost as primitive as the load! F.J.W.
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Beth,
You started a neat thread with the hauling issues of yesteryear.

I remember when I was in grade school, I think a 2nd grader at the old one room school at Glengarry, Montana. I remember as a first grader talking to the upper class"people" about our Reeves "Canadian." Anyway as a 2nd grader, I heard a truck coming through town, so I stood up and looked out the window to see a big Chevy or GMC truck and trailer hauling the "Pratt Advance" steam engine (our own 30Advance, David Vanek Jr.'s 30hp Advance cross compound, today!) on some sort of lowboy of a circa 1950 vintage. I was astonished that an engine that big could be even hauled on a truck, but it didn't take much to fool a second grader.

Dave knows way more about the history of this engine than I do. A gentleman at Grass Range, Montana bought the engine new, I believe. Pratt's may have been the next owners, when they put it into their sawmill. When I saw it going through Glengarry, I believe it was going to Clyde Corley of Geraldine, Montana. Dave bought the engine at auction about 15-20 years ago, as I remember. Anyway, I can only see the image of that truck going through town, past our one room school. I put a picture of Dave at the throttle, at Lewistown, Montana's Central Montana Flywheeler's show about 10 years ago. Rick Strobel took the photo, I'm pretty sure.



Now this isn't a traction engine, but it certainly is steam! This was Jack Hoover's Shay locomotive in 1955, being hauled from a track and crossing near Great Falls, where it went to the Mehmke Museum, east of there (or west of Belt, as Carl Mehmke liked to say.). House mover FL "Scotty" Zion was using his old WWII 6X6 and it looks like the tires are being taxed somewhat. About 5 or 6 years ago, this Shay went to Arizona where It would be restored. For years, it excited people and especially kids, when driving past the Mehmke Museum, seeing that locomotive and a couple of passenger cars setting on short tracks behind the museum, on a hillside. Gary

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Beth,
I'm not real adept with a computer and "photo shop" but I flipped your photo "mirror," made it gray scale, and cropped it a little. If you don't like it, I can remove the picture, but not the post. I love those old "artillary wheels" on that trailer. Gary

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Thanks Gary! That looks much better! My photo was made from the original glass negative.

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Here is an interesting photo which was shared with me by friend Sherwood Hume of Milton hauling 76 Sawyer back from Alberta in 1962. He wrote a very interesting story about the trip as well. I put the story in the Steam-Era web site when i used to look after the site. Its still there to read if you wish
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Its quite interesting. Must have been a real tough haul in the winter.

This is also the same engine in the pictures on recent thread of New Years steam up.

Here is the link that works: http://steam-era.com/archives/restor...long-haul.html
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The B. Hadd Steam Engine Hauling Co.?

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**Here's your "loco" photo! Beth**
Forget the loco, that's a really nice '64 Chevelle!
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Great Thread !

Love the pictures And the Stories that go with some of them.
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Now this isn't a traction engine, but it certainly is steam! This was Jack Hoover's Shay locomotive in 1955, being hauled from a track and crossing near Great Falls, where it went to the Mehmke Museum, east of there (or west of Belt, as Carl Mehmke liked to say.). House mover FL "Scotty" Zion was using his old WWII 6X6 and it looks like the tires are being taxed somewhat. About 5 or 6 years ago, this Shay went to Arizona where It would be restored. For years, it excited people and especially kids, when driving past the Mehmke Museum, seeing that locomotive and a couple of passenger cars setting on short tracks behind the museum, on a hillside. Gary

Not at all like moving this monster eh Gary ?

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Best guess here is early 60's at NTA. I don't know the owner of the George White, but I believe that is Blaker on the left with the NTA's 19 Port Huron. Anyone recognize those folks?

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Great story David! I've inserted a working link for you: http://steam-era.com/archives/restor...long-haul.html

Fantastic story!

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Until I saw a couple of the pictures Beth posted, I had forgotten about seeing earlier shots of Blaker's (now hers) Port Huron with the cab on it.

While looking through an August 1968 Engineer's & Engines magazine I found a group of 3 pictures on one page with what I THINK is Blaker's Port in the center picture dated 1967. It isn't identified in the caption, but I can't imagine too many of them having that cab (unless it was a factory option ?)

While they're Not Hauling pictures, I also found in the same magazine, a nice shot of a model Geiser engine at the 1966 Wauseon show, and an ad for some tractors and steam engines for sale Including a 32 Port Huron and a 30-60 & a 40-60 Oil Pull, all of which would have made for some Big Loads hauling down the road. Wonder where they're all at now over 43 years later. (Once I make another copy & rename it, I will be posting that old ad in one of the Oil Pull threads too since there are 4 of them listed)
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