Ontario Agricultural Museum Displays a Sawyer-Massey 76 HP Steam Traction Engine

Sawyer-Massey steam traction engine sat unused at Bobcaygeon until 1953.


| March/April 1991



Steam traction engine

Jack C. Norbeck

Norbeck Research, 117RuchSt. Coplay, PA 18037

Ontario's rural history and the importance of agriculture are recalled at the Ontario Agricultural Museum. The eight acre site features a series of historic farmsteads, a crossroads community and a variety of display buildings. The museum has one of the largest collections of agricultural machinery in Canada. Exhibits of Massey-Harris, International Harvester, Ford, and John Deere machines depict the influence of these large companies on the agriculture industry.

Other exhibits feature the variety of implements made by Ontario manufacturers. The 'Steam on the Farm' exhibit was opened in 1990, and traces the history of steam power on Ontario farms. Twelve portable and traction steam engines are displayed.

Sawyer-Massey 76 HP steam traction engine, built in 1920 by the Sawyer-Massey Co., of Hamilton, Ontario, is owned by the Ontario Department of Food & Agriculture, Ontario, Canada. When not at steam shows it is on display at the Ontario Agricultural Museum in Milton.

Photo was taken by Jack C. Norbeck, author of Encyclopedia of American Steam Traction Engines.

Every July, the museum holds the Great Canadian Antique Tractor Field Days, a steam, tractor, engine, and implement show for machines made by Canadian firms. In 1991, the event will take place on July 20-21. Other events are scheduled through the museum's season.