| September/October 1960

  • Farquhar steam engine
    60 hp Farquhar steam engine as it looked some years ago when I last operated it.This engine went with the plant when it was torn down some years ago.

  • Farquhar steam engine

Springville, New York

My steam career was started as a boy when I used to fire an old Superior horse-drawn portable steam engine in our neighborhood. It was used to drive a Champion thresher and an ensilage cutter, both with carriers. That was in days when, at two locations, the set up required the belt to cross the road and about the only person bothered was the mail man and his horse which shied at the puffing old engine.

There were two of the old portables near my home and I spent all the time I could between them. One used on the thresher and silo filler and the other used mostly on a saw mill in the woods.

Then there was a Case 40 hp traction engine and thresher and silo filler, both with wind carriers.

For nearly twenty-five years I worked where I ran a 60 hp Farquhar, wiper oiled over running stationary engine, powered first by a locomotive type boiler and later replaced by a Titusville return flue Perfection No. 150 boiler.

Under my charge and powered by the same boiler were two Smith upright engines, with Gardner spring throttling governors, one Troy upright high speed, self lubricated engine with waters spring, throttling governor, a beautiful engine, two Worthington duplex independent pumps and a Westinghouse locomotive type compressor which was an independent regulated pump.