Farm Collector

Plowing With Steam In New York State

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.

  • Published on Jul 1, 1997
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