The Henry Ford Academy is to the East (I think, I kind of got turned around in there?) by the old steam boat and the woods/wetlands.When I arrived at the museum I got a 2008 Visitor Guide, and while browsing through it I noticed this picture advertising the Henry Ford Academy. The picture shows the front end of steam engine that I hunted for but never did find. Can anybody identify it? In the corner of the museum designated as the Academy on the map, I found some windows that matched the picture, but the engine was nowhere to be found...
James, apologies for not replying to this sooner - Silsby steam fire engine #853 is now at the American-LaFrance museum in North Charleston, SC.Beth;
I missed your list when you posted it the first time; thank you for taking the trouble to put it together, and thanks to others for bringing it back up to the top. I learned a lot from it.
Here are my notes:
Your current list
One of these is No. 401. My list shows a 1890 Upton 10 HP is from the museum but is no longer there.
According to IMA/JF86/P11, an 1891 10HP Wood Tabor & Morse is no longer at the museum. I believe the second one is the one still at the HFM.
Is that correct? 1855 seems a bit early.
The 1885 Westinghouse portable is No. 739.
According to IMA 5/97 and a couple of other lists; Case 18HP Traction #26524/1911 is operational at HFM. (Chuck?)
According to the Frick Owners Club, Frick Traction 12HP #10312/1903 (boiler #7805) is at Greenfield village.
According to IMA/JF86/P11 an 1891 Nicholas & Sheperd 12HP is no longer at the HFM; when it left and current whereabouts unknown.
According to this webpage, Port Huron 65HP #7920/1916 is at Greenfield Village.
A c.1890 Birdsall 6HP portable was on sale on e-bay back in 2001. According to the seller, it was at the HFM from c.1929-1985. Don't know who bought it.
According to IMA/JF86/P11 a 1902 Messinger Mfg. 7HP is no longer at the HFM; when it left and current whereabouts unknown.
According to IMA/JF86/P11, an 1888 Watertown portable is no longer at the HRM; when it left and current whereabouts unknown.
Other steam items
These are not traction engines, but some may be interested, and others may have updates on their status.
American LaFrance steam fire engine #3057/1906
Silsby steam fire engine #378/1872 (gone? now at the HFM?)
Doble steam car #E9/1923
Silsby steam fire engine #853/1886
1865 Roper steam carriage
White steam car #94/1900 is now owned by Carl Muller.
A large beam engine, make unknown, from a southern ironworks, left the museum c.1980s and is now on outdoor display at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry, Colorado Springs, CO.
Surviving World Steam Project
International Stationary Steam Engine Society
David;A friend sent me this photo of an English-built Shand Mason steam fire engine that used to be in the HFM. It was apparently sold at some time in the 1980s or 90s, and may have gone to a private collector in Illinois. Can anyone provide me with any more details of the engine's current location? (by private message or email if you prefer: email@example.com)