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Steam - Era Milton, Ontario Canada 2007

G Willikers

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Timmy?
Didn't realize you had left? Last time I saw you, you were fillin' your face with Sawyer-Massey steamed corn!:O
Yes, the one Sawyer is John McCay's ol' 76. His ol' 75 Case is there also.
G.
 

bocephus_k6

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Good to hear, I was sure that was John's old Sawyer Massey, he used to drag that to our shows a few years ago, does anyone know how John is doing,.,?
Heard at one time he had some health problems..Glad his old engine is still making steam....:)

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Jeff Blaney

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I was impressed by the Port Huron. First time I have ever seen it. I was told only 3 of it's kind were made and that it is the only one left in existance! True or False?

Regardless, beautiful weather and lots of old iron!

Jeff Blaney
 

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Jeff?
For those PH hi-wheelers, we have been told anywhere from 3 to 8 were built? Maybe some of the Port Huron experts on here can set us straight?:shrug: It does seem to be the only one remaining. It should be at Blyth this coming weekend. I hope they have lots of wood as that ol' girl is a pig to keep hot!
Hard to believe another show season is starting to wind down:( . My goodness, it'll soon be time to start drainin' and flushin' out boilers:eek:
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Here are a few more pictures to go with Tim's excellent views above.
The 1st is of a 25 double Nic belonging to the Ontario Steam Heritage Museum, a private museum at Puslinch, Ontario. It is seen here on the saw mill and operated by David Woods and an apprentice who I do not know. Dave's wife Miriam is handing up some fire wood alongside. The big Nic sounded just fine on the mill. This engine was for a long time resident at Austin, Manitoba before coming down this way.
The mill is a Waterous made in Brantford, Ontario - beyond that I don't know much more. It is owned by Rutherford and McCoy and can be seen in action at a lot of local shows. It was essentially in full production doing custom orders the whole weekend. The Nic was on there quite a bit along with a couple of big Sawyers, a 25 George White, 75 Case and some Oil Pulls.
More to come,
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Steam Era has done nice presentations in front of the grand-stand for several years. Each day after dinner (lunch!), they gather as many engines as will show up for some fun and games and skills presentations. All the while, an announcer will give some history on the various engines, details of them and of operating them, etc.. It has always been well received by the paying guests.
In the first shot is a 76 Sawyer owned by the OSH Museum doing a back up stunt - you have to back up to an axe handle, nudge it but not knock it over. GENTLY:O
Fellow Stakker, The Honourable Mr. Wayne Lowdon is on the ground as referee and observer! I apologize for not knowing the name of the gentleman operating. This older chap helped me buzz some firewood Monday (see the rig in Tim's first post above). He didn't miss a beat and could probably outwork any half dozen men!
Second is another skill test using a string with a weight tied in the middle. One engine can move ahead and you have to lift the weight and tighten the string without breaking it. Then, both engines have to move in one direction, keeping the string taut for a period of time, again without breaking - try doing it sometime!:brows: Operator on the big, 68 Sawyer is Richard Mosher and again, I am not sure of the operator of the 20hp? On the far left is announcer Wayne Fischer who is the major-domo of the OSH Museum that also owns these 2 outfits and is also President of the Steam Era club.
They also do slow races in this program.
Also, they did a demo run on the pull sled with the 75 Case (Montana Special). She is burning dry wood and has a surprisingly clean stack but at this point is putting everything she has into the pull! Operator is Andy Snell, Joe (whose last name I do not know) is on the steering wheel. Perhaps some other observers can help me out with names of these people I am missing?:bonk:
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Now, here is a half scale of a 25 Waterloo. This excellent replica has been coming to local shows for years. But of course, ol' G cannot recall the name of the chap, now departed who built it, or of the present owner, except that his 1st name is Paul.:eek: Please help me anyone!??!
Also, a real nice 25 George White owned by the same gent who brought the little buzz saw rig we used all weekend, Wally Andrusko(sp?). Very nice fellow and he had the GW on the sawmill quite a bit and it sounded just great. I really like the classy canopy he has on the ol' girl!
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G Willikers

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The Port Huron Hi-wheeler was there, having slipped out of the grasp of a certain lady at Wauseon show a couple of months back (has it really been that long Beth?:eek: ).
Operator for much of the weekend was George Wynen, grandson of the owner. And ol' G also spent some quality time on there. The operators should have been paid piece work rate for all the questions they had to answer about it from the paying customers.
Thinking back now, there were quite a few Stakkers there and why didn't we have a Stak-Yak get-together? Tim Searson, Robert bin Sawyer, Number Two, Wayne Lowdon and probably many others were on hand at times!
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Now Geewhiz: Between all the eatin', talkin', fraternizin', and steam engine runnin', where did you find the time for pitcher takin'? I had my camera on my arm all day and never took one photo.

Other Stakker's there, Ross Clarke, Sharon and Jamie Arnold, I'm sure Bob Oliver was there at some point. I thought it was your duty to organize a Stak event? There is next year. I'm flying solo next year. Perhaps Saturday. I will bring my good friend who is a chef nes pas! Speaking of food, hows the honey? Don't Farquhar which one you dipped with that greasy finger:O . Sorry the calendar was late.

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G: Sorry I forgot some stuff. Waterloo 1/2 scale Bill Morritt [sic], and on our old 20 Alex Wilson and son Robert [?] owners of the Tuck 20. They may be interested in a Sawyer threshing machine, know where a feller can find one?

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Beth V

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The Port Huron Hi-wheeler was there, having slipped out of the grasp of a certain lady at Wauseon show a couple of months back (has it really been that long Beth?:eek: ).
Onkel G,

You pulled a fast one on me there, but hopefully, I will get to see it on this side of the border again??? I'm glad it has been campaigned this summer. It needed to be out & stretch its high wheels!

Please pass along my Best Regards to George.

Beth

...I'll have a bigger chain next time:D :wave:
 

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The George White banner was carried by three 25 hp side mounts - all good, sound, working engines.
The 1st, with the attractive flared stack is another engine from the OSH Museum fleet. It was lovingly restored by Mr. Gord Tuck some years ago.
The second is another view of Mr. Andrusko's engine, hooked up to his water wagon. The water wagon spent most of its days happily hooked to a Sawyer-Massey, eh Robert? ( Thanks again for the honey, there is enough to bath in, although I won't do that with the tub that ol' Farquhar is getting!:eek:).
The 3rd is a regular Steam Era visitor, owned by family team Cindy Blair and Harold Kuret. A good solid engine with tons of Ontario working history.
The Whites were out numbered by the Sawyer-Massey crowd. Here is a nice line up with two 20hps - OSH Museum's and Tom Cobo's, a 22 side mount from the Hume Family and a 76 rear mount from OSHM. There was also a 68 rear mount and another 20hp or two? The 20hp on the right used to haul the water wagon shown with the White on many a threshing run in the Creemore area!
And Beth, do not covet thy neighbour's Port Huron!
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Beth V

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Onkel G,

"And Beth, do not covet thy neighbour's Port Huron!" There are many in line with me!:eek: :D

I think a cute little 16 Port might look nice next to the 24....Doris Lindenmeir's sure did look nice last weekend......

Beth
 

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And here are a couple of displays of stationary steam. They were piped into the Nic at times and a George White or 2 over the weekend.
Not sure of the hp of the big Goldie Ideal. Goldie was at Galt (now Cambridge, Ontario). They were one of Canada's largest builders of industrial steam all the way up to the huge Corliss engines.
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G: George suggested that perhaps you could bring some of that honey to the shop. From his response, all I can say is, it was a good thing you were well on the way to locking it up in the van when he found out about it.

Did you par chance have the opportunity to sound that whistle yet??

Robert
 

Jeff Smith

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And here are a couple of displays of stationary steam. They were piped into the Nic at times and a George White or 2 over the weekend.
Not sure of the hp of the big Goldie Ideal. Goldie was at Galt (now Cambridge, Ontario). They were one of Canada's largest builders of industrial steam all the way up to the huge Corliss engines.
G.
What are the brands of the 4 little engines?

Thank you,

Jeff Smith
 
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