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Silly things people ask at a show...


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Old 10-18-2010, 07:58:03 AM
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Most asked question - 'What does it do?' (Fairbanks Morse 3 Home light plant making power)

2nd most: 'Where is the gas tank?'

Is it a steam engine?
I don't see a propane tank - what kind of gas does it use?
Engines don't run on kerosese!
What goes in the little thingy with the oil in it?
How hot does it get?
What does it weigh?

And last:What is it made out of? (cast iron engine)

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Ialso been asked to not keep old time car engines in the air!
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:41:59 AM
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I also get a lot of un knowing people around the things I do(locomotives, band organs, engines,cannal boats)but I try not to laugh but rather gently teach then about it. We all once did not know so much on our things either and at least these people are interested enough to come to the events. Maybe if we are nice and informative some will join our interests. I have had it happen.
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I had my small engine exhibit at a show a few years ago when a lady walked up, looked at all my engines intently, and then exclaimed:

“They all look very nice, it’s a shame none of them run”.

“Why would you say that?”, I asked.

“Because they don’t have a battery”, was the reply.

To that, I wound a starting rope around the starter pulley of the nearest one and gave it a pull, and off it went.

“They have a battery inside!”, the lady exclaimed.
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i rather have a stupid question asked then have wrong info or idea out there
besides the only stupid question is the one not asked
although the funniest one to date is one guy telling me "hey im a mechanic and i could help you get you engine to run better and not miss so much when it running" and yes it was a hit miss engine
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I had my 2 1/2 E Economy engine that is M&H on a running display once and a man stopped and watched it for several minutes. He then asked me how to tell when it was running.
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Had our 2hp Famous running along at a show, making pretty fair amount of steam from the screen cooler. An ol boy stops by and asks "what is that thing, a train?" . Heres your sign!
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"Funny how it knows to fire just when it needs to."

My engines are smart that way...

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I was operating a coal fired model steam locomotive at an event giving the public rides. The most ask question during the 3-day event was “is that real fire?”

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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

I do really enjoy ALL questions and intrest and always thank people for taking the time to stop and ask.

I have a lot of people that actually think I'm making whiskey... and I watched one lady TASTE the water. I started to tell her it was batt. acid

So many really do think they are diesels for some reason...

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At a show this past summer, A friend of mind was grinding corn and makeing chicken feed. A school bus load of children came by and was watching, when the school teacher advised the kids, He's grinding corn and makeing wheat. grin grin The things I learn at shows.
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Visitor reading casting number on smokebox door (923) says, "My God, that's an old engine!"
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"Is that a cannon?"
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

I had a nice couple ask me how to install the batteries on a live steam toy they had just purchased.... I guess the boiler looks sort of like a battery holder???

---------- Post added at 11:45 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:26 AM ----------

It wasn't AT a show, but a follow-up question on a live steam locomotive that I sold at one.... "How do I get steam oil out of white carpet?"...(Answer: buy variegated grey/brown to replace it with if you're silly enough to run it under the tree again.)
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

Have had people ask me a lot of the questions that have been posted here. Also have had a fair share of people ask (after I tell them that it is a gas engine).

So if I put this in my car how fast would it go and what sort of fuel mileage would I get
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

The cannon one brings back memories for me, when we got our early Columbian style Otto out of Philadelphia. The old factories had all been converted to luxury appartments people were leaning out the windows asking if we were moving a cannon out of the basement!!

I find the easiest way to make sense of it for non engine folk is to tell then it's the same thing that ran their car only 100 years older. It's not always exactly correct in the case of 2 strokes but it gets the point across...
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Default Re: Silly things people ask at a show...

The most asked question I get is "What is it for?" I usually answer "It did everything your new gas engines or electric motors do now- this is just what they had back then." Usually that's accurate enough and gets the point across.

The second most asked question I get is "What does it run on?" As others have said in this thread the gas tanks are often not easily visible on these old engines, so I can understand the confusion for someone who hasn't ever seen one before.
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ahh yes the CANNON!! comming home from west va. with my south penn, stopped at a truck stop and a guy and a highway patrol asked me if i was into cival war re-enacting..

i always get the,,
how does it coast,
what fuel mileage do you get,
and can you use it to cook,
i bet you have alot of chiropractor bills (i tell them i have seveal forklifts) , then theres the i bet your wife hates this stuff, i reply not married and if she did she wouldnt be sitting here.
you must be rich (if they only knew )
why do you have so many

then i was at a show in the middle of a big city and a black fella was watching one run everytime it fired he jumped and asked why it doesnt come apart when it blows up....
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When I explained to one person what my Maytag engine was used for and I told him that it was used on a washing machine to wash clothes, he asked me "why didn't they just plug it in".
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I've been asked more than once if I feel bad about destroying the environment with my polluting smoking oil dependent machines. I live in CA so I guess I should expect some of that.
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