SMALL and PRETTY


| November/December 1976



Sawyer and Massey engine

R. R. #1, Shawville, Quebec.

The engine in the photo is a Sawyer and Massey, 17 HP with a compound cylinder, serial number 1083. The patent dates on the engine are 1892 - 1895. It was built in Hamilton, Ontario by the Sawyer and Massey Company who sold these and larger models throughout many parts of Canada. We don't know if these engines were sold in the U. S. as well. Maybe some of the engine collectors who get The Iron-Men Album could give us some information on this. We would be very interested to hear from anyone who has an engine similar to this one.

The local history on this engine is that it was purchased new, shortly after 1900 by a Mr. Alex McCloud of Bristol, Quebec. Mr. McCloud used the engine on his farm for grain threshing up until about 1920. The engine was then sold to a Mr. Woolsey, who used the engine for threshing grain until the late 1940's. A Mr. Neil Drummond of Bristol, Quebec then purchased the little steam engine for work on his tobacco farm. It was used to steam the seeding beds in preparation for the tobacco plants, among other jobs for a period of 4 or 5 years.

The engine then sat idle in an old shed for almost 20 years. In 1973 the engine was acquired by Mr. Eric J. Campbell of Shawville, Quebec. By that time the engine had deteriorated to a pitiful state. Mr. Campbell brought the engine up to his farm workshop where he started the tremendous task of restoring it. After many hard hours of work repairing badly worn axles, grates and ash pan, which had long since fallen out, the engine looked like it might run again. Piping and valves had to be replaced and a new rear platform built. Despite all this, the boiler and engine parts were in good condition.

After almost 3 years of hard work in spare time, the engine was ready for the final coat of paint. All the hard work was not in vain, because the little engine runs as good as it did 75 years ago. The proof of this was the 100 acres of grain that was threshed with the engine this Fall. 'She's not big, but she sure is pretty and we are all proud of her.'

A number of enthusiastic steam and gas engine collectors here in Pontiac County, Quebec have formed a club. We call it the Pontiac Steam and Gas Association. We believe it is the only steam and gas engine club in the Province of Quebec. If there are others, we would be glad to hear from them. We make our headquarters near Shawville, a small town about 45 miles north of Ottawa.