Pageant of Steam in Berryville

Berryville, Va., Pageant of Steam show filled with variety and activity

| September 1999

  • This Tanner Delaney is one of the showpieces of the Shenendoah club's steam collection
    This Tanner Delaney is one of the showpieces of the Shenandoah club's steam collection. The club has put a priority on steam engines. "There's not many shows around here that are as deeply committed to steam as we are," said club President Rick Custer. "We get a lot of requests to bring steam equipment to other shows."
  • Skip Price, Frederick, Md., and his 1917 2 hp Fairbanks Morse lawn roller
    Skip Price, Frederick, Md., and his 1917 2 hp Fairbanks Morse lawn roller. Skip, who has cerebral palsy, uses the lawn roller to spell his legs while touring shows. "I put over 500 miles on it at shows last year," he said. "It's about my favorite piece in my collection."
  • The Berryville show draws all ages. Shown left to right, three generations: Charlie Gray Jr., one of the Shenandoah club's directors; his son: Charles W. Gray; and his father: Charles B. Gray.
    The Berryville show draws all ages. Shown left to right, three generations: Charlie Gray Jr., one of the Shenandoah club's directors; his son: Charles W. Gray; and his father: Charles B. Gray.
  • A 1-1/2 hp York, made by Flinchbaugh Mfg. Co., York, Pa.
    A 1-1/2 hp York, made by Flinchbaugh Mfg. Co., York, Pa.: Owned by Sam and Rocklyn Harman, Taneytown, Md.
  • R.T. Legard and his hopper-cooled Mogul tractor
    R.T. Legard and his hopper-cooled Mogul tractor. "I bought it in York, Pa.," he said, "but later I found out it was originally from an orchard about 10 miles from here. It had been sold at one of the first steam shows held at Berryville."
  • Richard Estep, Rileyville, va., and his one-cylinder 1918 Rumely 18-35
    Richard Estep, Rileyville, va., and his one-cylinder 1918 Rumely 18-35. He also has a half-size model of the Rumely that he built himself.
  • A 12 hp Quincy, made in Quincy, Pa., in 1914
    A 12 hp Quincy, made in Quincy, Pa., in 1914. Owner James F. Notnagle, Keymar, Md., said it's one of only 12 known. The engine has been a big undertaking, he said, but it's been worth it. "I didn't want it to get away from this area," he said. "That's important to me."
  • Bernard Jenkins got an assist from his son, Justin, 12, when restoring this Heider C 12-20
    Bernard Jenkins got an assist from his son, Justin, 12, when restoring this Heider C 12-20. The Heider was 120 miles north of Great Falls, Mont., when Bernard tracked it down. Other treasures in his collection: a 20-30 Rumely, 510 Avery, and "plenty of gas engines."
  • This Pennsylvania oil field drilling engine boasts a steam engine that was later converted to an internal combustion engine by replacing the steam cylinder with a gas cylinder. The 12-1/2 hp, two-cycle engine features hot tub ignition.
    The Bessemer, owned by Leonard Cash Jr., Staunton, Va. This Pennsylvania oil field drilling engine boasts a steam engine that was later converted to an internal combustion engine by replacing the steam cylinder with a gas cylinder. The 12-1/2 hp, two-cycle engine features hot tub ignition.
  • Detail on Bernard Jenkins' Heider
    Detail on Bernard Jenkins' Heider.

  • This Tanner Delaney is one of the showpieces of the Shenendoah club's steam collection
  • Skip Price, Frederick, Md., and his 1917 2 hp Fairbanks Morse lawn roller
  • The Berryville show draws all ages. Shown left to right, three generations: Charlie Gray Jr., one of the Shenandoah club's directors; his son: Charles W. Gray; and his father: Charles B. Gray.
  • A 1-1/2 hp York, made by Flinchbaugh Mfg. Co., York, Pa.
  • R.T. Legard and his hopper-cooled Mogul tractor
  • Richard Estep, Rileyville, va., and his one-cylinder 1918 Rumely 18-35
  • A 12 hp Quincy, made in Quincy, Pa., in 1914
  • Bernard Jenkins got an assist from his son, Justin, 12, when restoring this Heider C 12-20
  • This Pennsylvania oil field drilling engine boasts a steam engine that was later converted to an internal combustion engine by replacing the steam cylinder with a gas cylinder. The 12-1/2 hp, two-cycle engine features hot tub ignition.
  • Detail on Bernard Jenkins' Heider

When you think you've seen it all, go to Berryville. 

Held just outside Berryville, Va., in late July, the Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association's annual steam show, the Pageant of Steam, offers up just about every conceivable piece of antique farm equipment.

And then there's the oil field engines.

And the steam engine once used as a still.



And the imported model steam engines.

And the electric marshmallow toaster. (This would be slow work for a Scout troop: it's big enough for just one marshmallow at a time!)