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Old 09-26-2018, 11:12:49 PM
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I thought I would take a moment to bring you folks up to date on an amazing project. It seems that another steam Lombard log hauler is well on its way to steaming back to life in the near future.

This past year Paul Breton has been making good progress turning a heap of rusty parts collected over the last 30 years into a working steam log hauler.

Currently he has over 90% of the parts he needs to finish the frame and running gear and has made good progress putting it all together. This isn't as easy as it sounds. Paul figures that he has parts from at least five different Lombards. Like many low volume manufactures, Lombard tended to make running changes as they went along. Add to that field repairs and backwoods blacksmith repairs and no two machines are exactly alike. Then there is the reality that most parts that were discarded were broken or worn out.

To add to all this Paul has had to recover parts from remote locations all over northern Maine. Many of these machines were cut-up on site and left to rot. One machine - No. 25 which was sold new to the St. John Lumber Company in 1906 was taken completely apart to the last nut and bolt. Paul had to spend days digging around in the mud to recover all that he could.


Here are some links to videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHl1hI0VkQ4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh1UqTeXSwg&t=268s

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Terry
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Default Re: Building a Lombard Steam Log Hauler

Do you have any other photos you could share? What is he doing for the boiler?
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Old 09-28-2018, 09:47:45 PM
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Unfortunately I don't have anymore photos at the moment. He's actually working in
a two car garage so getting good photos isn't easy!

In regards to the boiler. He has two original boilers - one is a lap seam the other is the later butt joint version. Both were made by Ames Iron Works. They are surprisingly in good condition and have undergone ultrasound testing. The lap seam will most likely be just for display. The butt seam boiler needs tubes and I believe a couple of small areas that need to be pad welded.

If you would like to see one of these beast up and running we will have the Maine Forest & Logging Museum's steam Lombard operating as well as a 10 ton gasoline Lombard during Living History Days on October 6 & 7 in Bradley Maine.

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Terry, That is a great project Paul has going there. The hunting and gathering is half the fun. Keep us posted.
Cheers George .
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I look forward to updates, thatís a project after my own heart!
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Default Re: Building a Lombard Steam Log Hauler

What became of the one parked up in Alaska in a remote area? It was pictured some where on one of these Lombard sites a few years back. Also something I've noticed over the years, why is it that when sawmillers get done with equipment, it always seems to get destroyed? We had relatives here that also had a sawmill operation, not one piece of equipment was remotely complete or recognizable when they quit. I even tried to purchase a leftover TD 9, no dice. The old boy simply refused and then junked it for a few dollars for scrap.
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Holy cow! I didn't realize Paul was that far along, I thought he was just in the "gathering parts" stage. Very cool!
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How many of these Lombard Steam Log Haulers are known to still exist ?
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Less than 10. Lessee, the Maine Forest and Logging Museum has 2, #38 and #64, Clark's Trading Post in New Hampshire has #70, #39 is in Ashland, Me, and the Patten Lumberman's museum has one (no number plate). The rest are all partial or parts of machines. Terry, correct me if I've missed any. As for functioning machines (or at least capable of being run) there are only 3, and the only one in more or less current use is #38. #64 and #70 are complete, but for various and assorted reasons they haven't been steamed up for a while.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82A2uqTX9HI

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You are correct Peter,

#64 The Owl's Head Lombard (Crooker Family) was moved to the Maine Forest & Logging Museum several years ago. Its fully functional but lacks a boiler inspection and any work that may entail.

The only other pile of parts that could be considered a "Lombard" is the Cunliff Depot machine in the Allagash which is essentially a stripped boiler and frame.

The Patten Logging Museum Lombard is No. 82 which we believe is the 2nd to last steamer built.

No. 39 in Ashland is interesting: Its one of the few Lombards that still has its
original No. Plate. It was originally built for the Eastern Manufacturing Co. in December of 1907. At the time they purchased two machines and we are pretty sure that the Maine Forest & Logging museum's Lombard (No. #38) is its companion based on the boiler S/N. Eastern operated a third machine that was purchased from Mark T. Claflin - a logging equipment dealer in
Waterville, Me. We have no idea what number this machine would be or
where it ended up.

No. 39 was abandoned at Chamberlain Lake in 1913. In 1918-19 John Morrison - a Jobber for the St. John Lumber Company, hacked a 25 mile road into the site to salvage three of the Eastern Manufacturing machines - it cost him $24,500.00 to get them.

Morrison used them until his Upper St. John River operations were taken over by Ed Lacroix in the early 20's. Two of the Lombards were left at Knowle's Brook following the close of the 1924-25 hauling season and recovered in the 1970's (No. 38 & No. 70). In 1928 Lacroix sold No. 39 to Philias Roy - one of his Jobber's. It eventually found its way to Clayton Lake and was eventually donated to the Ashland Museum.
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