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Old 08-14-2007, 10:47:56 PM
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Tow Path Days at the Camillus Erie Canal Park was held august 11, 07. The park contains a steam engine museum, the center piece being the 450HP Rice and Sargent Corliss engine from the L.C. Smith typewriter co of Syracuse NY.
Here are a few pictures from the show.
1st pic is my 1935 Farmall F12, my brother Jack's 1938 Fordson All-Around, and his father inlaw's (Frank Howlett) 1913 5HP Economy saw rig.
2nd pic is an Iowa and Domestic hit and miss, and a Mietz & Weiss hot bulb engine. I forgot the owners name (I can't remember names worth a darn, a case of CRS I guess).
3rd pic is a double simple Frick just bought by one of the volunteers at the museum.
4th pic is the Rice and Sargent Corliss ready for steam as soon as they get the boiler and related plumbing finished.
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what is the engine behind the frick? large portable?
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Yes, it is a portable. I don't know the brand or size, I will try to find out for you. The boiler is beyond repair, I've been told, but the engine can be saved with lots of work. The museum has several more engines to restore once they get the Rice & Sargent under steam and more building space. The museum has been funded by bottle deposit returns and a few small grants. The town supplies the land, water, and heat (that is about all). Google "camillus erie canal park" for some pics of the big engine as they found it. PT
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Paul;
Thanks for the plug and for sharing your pictures! The fellow with the other hit and miss engines is Jeff Connor. The portable is a Frick also, but the engine on that boiler is larger than the original that was on it. I think it was used in a sawmill in PA., where the (then) owner committed just about every transgression imaginable against the boiler code in trying to keep it running. There are welds on the throat sheet seams, very severe wasting of some areas of the sheets, wooden plugs in several flues, welds on the steam dome seam where it meets the barrel. All of these welds look so bad that I bet whoever did them wouldn't admit it. There is also a nasty bulge in the buttstrap longitudinal seam on the barrel, so this boiler is only good for display as an example of what not to do. The bees seem to like it, though!
We had a 10 HP Lookout vertical boiler running a small bottle engine on a lathe, and had a pretty good time and a nice day and turnout. I have to say it's good to have friends like Paul and Jeff who will come and help put on a show, even a small one like this, when the Pageant of Steam is going on just down the thruway! Many thanks to all who helped!
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Here are pictures of the 10HP boiler, bottle engine, and F.E. Reid lathe Jim had running during the show. PT
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Here are some detail shots of the Rice and Sargent from earlier today:







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