If you love steam, you will love this weekend.
If you love stationary engines, you will love this weekend. Does it get any better?
We have stationary and
portable steam engines and a 65 HP Case steam tractor, too. With Pioneer Acres'
reputation for steam, we even attract volunteers who bring in their own steam
engines just to show them off. Ditto with stationary engines. Many people find small
stationary engines to be an inexpensive and manageable hobby. They are a way to
work on an engine in your garage without having to deal with the mass of
spaghetti under the hood of your car.
often have horses on the grounds at the same time as we have live steam but this
weekend will be horse-free so we can blow the big whistle on the top of the
steam building as much as we want! There will be plenty of opportunity to get up
close and personal.
You will definitely want to ride around the grounds on the back of the Case
steamer. This marvel of engineering from 100 years ago makes a racket when it's
moving and is spellbinding to watch. We don't run it very often, but when we do it attracts
a crowd. Come by early and you can watch the process of getting it started. It's
not quite as easy as turning the key!
In contrast to the Case tractor, the E. Leonard stationary engine is so
quiet when it's operating that you can easily talk to the operators when you are
standing right next to it. You get the feeling that you are watching TV without
the sound turned on. Watching the giant flywheel spin is mezmorizing and the
exposed connecting rod and crankshaft will make you wonder how something that
big and heavy can move that fast.
Of course, not much would be happening without a boiler. It takes steam to make
the engines move and it takes a boiler to make steam. To the first-time visitor,
it just looks like throwing logs on a fire but it's actually much more complex
than that. There an ongoing balancing act between not enough heat and too much
heat, not enough water and too much water, not enough pressure and too much
pressure, and so on. This weekend is the ideal
opportunity to go beyond being a tourist and actually learn something!
Farm life and industry as it was in the
early 1900’s would not have been possible without engines to provide mechanical
power. Stationary engines pumped water, lifted grain in
blacksmith and woodworking shops, produced electricity and performed a host of
Even though Pioneer Acres has over 100 engines on site, in previous years
several members brought out their own trailer-loads of engines. Included among them were a few
hit-and-miss engines, that are sure to fascinate anyone with an interest in
Stationary engines are an accessible hobby for a lot of people. Depending on
what you are interested in, you can easily rebuild an engine in your garage or
basement. Most engines require nothing more than a set of wrenches and some
screwdrivers to repair.
On the other hand, the Fairbanks-Morse with a six-foot flywheel is not something
that you could normally have at home. That's why you need to visit Pioneer
Acres! We have several large engines that need some work. Maybe you would like
to become a member and help us restore some old iron.
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