Plowing With Steam In New York State

| July/August 1997

10871 Vosberg Rd Farmersville Station, NY 14060

Here in the eastern part of the country it is unusual to see plowing being done by steam engines. These pictures were taken at our 1996 show at Canandaigua, New York. They show my 65 Case plowing with a seven-bottom 16' plow at the annual Steam Pageant which takes place every year on the second weekend of August. This plow is quite modern, with hydraulic lift and automatic reset bottoms. A motor and hydraulic pump were added to pick the plow up at the end of the furrow. It did a good job and provided a nice load for the engine. Much black smoke is seen, as we had very smoky coal, but it burned hot, and most of the time the engine was ready to blow off. We were plowing with reverse lever in the second notch from center, and it made great stack music.

There is also a four and five-bottom plow to use, and most steam engines take their turn. The plowing field is quite long, (for our part of the country), and provides a very nice area to take pictures and movies.

Our show is hosting the Case Collectors Club this year, so we expect much more Case equipment than usual, from threshing machines to tractors, to quite a few more Case steamers and maybe even a Case stone crusher.

We saw lumber and thresh grain with steam, and usually several of us even sneak into the tractor pull at night, so anyone wishing to see steam in action should plan on attending our show. This year's Pageant of Steam is on August 7, 8, 9, 10 at Canandaigua, New York.