One for the Ages: A Horse-Drawn Rumely

Horse-drawn Rumely portable steam engine pulls the seniority card.

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As he scrubbed off decades of grime from this 1880s-vintage portable Rumely steam engine (serial no. 1377), Graham Sellers was in for a surprise. “When I cleaned it up, there were three different shades of yellow on it,” he says. “Now it’s kind of painted up like a circus wagon. I sure didn’t ever think it would have yellow wheels.”