Ed Winter's Gas UP 2000!


| March/April 2001



11309 Route 75 North Collins, New York 14111 e-mail: MiWinter@AOL.com

Every year since 1986, on the last Saturday in June, the quiet little town of Langford, New York, thirty miles south of Buffalo, awakens to the unmistakable sounds of gas and steam powered synchronized energy. This year topped all others with over a thousand friends gathering from as far away as Florida, Texas and Canada. Invitations went out by word of mouth and the 'steam chain' anyone interested in coming was welcome.

Along with a chicken barbecue and a vast array of everyone's favorite pot luck dishes, guests enjoyed the colorful spectacle of carefully restored engines, large and small. Campers had plenty of room to settle in along the edge of Winter's Pond, a four acre pond graced by a covered bridge leading to an island. The pet swans glided by and seemed not in the least disturbed by all the hubbub.

The show consisted of many items from historic Buffalo's industry. To name a few: a Buffalo Pitts steam engine, a Worthington 600 HP gas engine, 400 HP Snow engine, 40 HP Bogart engine.

A special attraction of the event is a 70 ton flywheel, 24 feet in diameter, permanently mounted on a cement base. The flywheel came from a 5,000 HP engine used to compress air at Bethlehem Steel's Lackawanna plant.

There was also a terrific display of approximately 40 beautifully restored farm tractors and over a dozen antique cars. The kids were not left out either. A 1915 miniature steam train pulling three passenger cars full of happy little ones, (and some not so little ones), chugged and whistled nonstop around the 1300 foot track.