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Bill Klinger and Gary Hargrave fire up the 1922 Farquhar Steamer in Madrid.
Bill Klinger and Gary Hargrave fire up the 1922 Farquhar Steamer in Madrid.

A museum's resident steam engine

Traditional farming will be on display in Madrid this weekend. Antique farm implements, an old sawmill, draft horses and steam power are all part of the 29th annual Antique Gas and Steam Engine Exhibition at the St. Lawrence Power Museum in Madrid. A hundred years ago, steam power was used on farms during the fall harvest. Black steam engines on massive steel wheels traveled from farm to farm. They belched smoke, hissed steam and drove belts typically attached to threshers and choppers. Todd Moe visited the resident steam engine at the Madrid museum that was used in Richville to crush rocks.  Go to full article
Mike Dannhardt's launch, <i>Compulsion</i>.
Mike Dannhardt's launch, Compulsion.

Steaming up in Smiths Falls

Every summer dedicated steam launch enthusiasts across the Northeast gather for a flotilla. The route alternates between various US and Canadian waterways. It's very much a family affair, with spouses and different generations along as crew, or company. This year the five-day run took place in Ontario--one of many events celebrating the Rideau Canal's 175th anniversary. These particular steam boats aren't very big, and they don't have paddle wheels. But they are powered by wood or coal-fired steam engines. Lucy Martin caught up with Mike Dannhardt, on the Compulsion, while dockside at Smiths Falls, in late June.  Go to full article

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