Victor, right, age 12, and brother Carl, 8, of Sutton, Vermont.
Sent to us by Roger Grosser Sutton, Vermont 05867
June 3rd and 4th, 1995, we went to Dave and Jacquie Dearborn's Engine Show in West Campton, New Hampshire. The meet is sponsored by the New Hampshire Gas and Steam Engine Association. There are always gas and steam engines and friendly people at this show.
A steam exhibit ran model and full-size engines. We bring our pedal tractor and let the kids ride it. We like an engine to do something, like being hitched to an operating sawmill.
We had a ride on a Frick 8x10 steam tractor that was made in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and owned by Bruce Townsend. It sounded very quiet for something so large, just a low growl. The boiler was so hot that the grease and oil were sizzling and popping. The heat could be felt ten feet away. The Frick had rubber pads bolted to the metal treads to keep them from digging into the pavement. There was a very loud steam whistle on its boiler. A lever running along the top enabled the operator to put the tractor into forward or reverse easily. The Frick tractor crawled along slowly and had lots of power.
We look forward to next year!