| July/August 1982

As all readers of the House Organ know, the editorial staff delights in traveling to all sorts of neat places, and then writing stories about what we've seen as means of encouraging you to go there too. Not the least of these visits was one to the Steam Museum in Kingston, Ontario, this past summer.

Kingston is on Lake Ontario, roughly directly north of Watertown, New York. 80 to 100 years ago a pumping station was developed on the lake shore to handle the distribution of water throughout the city's water mains, and it eventually acquired a big Corliss engine to do the job. Some years back the use of this engine and its related equipment was discontinued, and it and the building fell into disrepair.

When you visit the Pump House Steam Museum, tell the receptionist that you read about it in 'The Vestal Press House Organ.' You'll probably get a blank stare, as they have probably never heard of us.

This engine is not a model, but an original from a Cretors Popcorn Wagon. Vestal Press reprint #A-69 shows this very type of engine in use on old Cretors machines, where they performed yeoman service in turning the poppers and operating the little clown, on some models, who turned the peanut roaster.

As visitors approach the grounds of the Pump House Museum, they are greeted by this 'Amazing Pollution-Free Engine.' It actually operates, turning over very slowly all day long.

On a sunny August day, the historic town of Kingston is a delightful place to visit. While you're there, be sure to take in the Maritime Museum which has many artifacts of steamship life on the great lakes.