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Photo Fall Harvest Demonstrations & Steam Train Rides.

The Stephenson County Antique Engine Club will be holding its Annual Fall Harvest Demonstrations October 22nd & 23rd at the club's Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad just South of Freeport, Illinois at the corner of Lamm & Walnut roads, approximately 1 mile West off of Highway 26.

Steam Train rides from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM using the 1912 Heisler Logging Locomotive, leaving the depot every hour on the hour.

There will be plowing with horses & mules, and hopefully tractors if the local farmer gets his corn picked in time for us to use the field.

The Silvercreek Museum accross the road from the railroad will also be open and serving sauerkraut, chili, and brats. Also view the huge 130 Ton Cooper Corliss Steam Engine with its 25 foot 4 inch diameter 60 ton flywheel, located right behind the museum.

We will also have the final run of the year for the Halloween "Train of TERROR" Saturday night the 22nd from 6:00 to 9:00 PM using one of the diesel locomotives. See my other thread for pictures of that Spooktacular event.

These will be the last open dates for the 2011 season, other than the clubs Pancake Supper and bake sale at the museum on November 5th from 3:30-7:00PM. Train and Museum will reopen again on Memorial Day 2012.

See the clubs website at www.thefreeportshow.com for more information.

Spencer Yeoman spent the better part of two days this last weekend plowing the hay field where they will be sowing wheat for next years Threshing Show. That's a lot of work for one guy to do with a single bottom plow.
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Photo Re: Fall Harvest Demonstrations & Steam Train Rides.

Here's a couple more shots from last weekend just to keep the thread alive until I get more new ones to post this weekend.
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Default Re: Fall Harvest Demonstrations & Steam Train Rides.

Just got back home again from checking on the fields, etc... and the farmer still hasn't picked ANY of the corn yet, so it looks like the plowing will be put on hold.

Should be some wheat sowing in the section that was plowed last weekend, and IF the farmer gets anything done, MAYBE we can do some plowing Sunday.

In the mean time, we still have the train rides, the museum open and serving brats chili & sauerkraut, and the Cooper building open for viewing.

PLUS the Train of TERROR Saturday night.
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Photo Re: Fall Harvest Demonstrations & Steam Train Rides.

Didn't do any more plowing due to the local farmer not getting HIS corn out, but I found out the club has a small narrow strip of ground accross the road that had several rows of corn in it, which they picked yesterday.
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Default Re: Fall Harvest Demonstrations & Steam Train Rides.

While I did post this event on the Calendar, I guess I forgot to revive this thread on it from last year. Though I did mention it a few times in the Train of Terror thread.

The Fall Plowing and Fall Harvest Demonstrations are this weekend, Saturday and Sunday Oct 20th & 21st 2012, along with the steam train rides from 11:00 to 4:00 both days.

The Museum accross the road is also open both days serving Chili, Sauerkraut and Brats.

I'm not sure if the Cooper Corliss steam engine will be running this weekend or not. I heard last weekend that we were out of steam cylinder oil for it, unless Steve or Eugene can tap in to what's over at the railroad...

The local farmer DID get his crops picked, so there should be plowing with Tractors as well as with Horses and possibly Mules.

There will also be a few antique cars and hit & miss engines there during the day.

Saturday night will be the final Train of Terror for the year and runs from 6:00 to 9:00pm (Or Later if people keep showing up.... we have had 10:00 and 11:00pm runs before and one year even had a Midnight run, but I wouldn't count on it running That Late again), using the Davenport Diesel for motive power.

Please check the clubs website at www.thefreeportshow.com for more information.
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