Sunday, June 29, 2014

St. Lawrence Power And Equipment Museum - Part 2

My next stop was the rebuilt sugar house. There was an antique boiler inside and a concession stand for maple flavored products, including cotton candy:

They had disassembled, moved and rebuilt an antique grain barn and a corn crib:

Pony pulling contests had commenced and I arrived just in time to watch several teams compete:

A couple of teams pulled the concrete weights the full distance and a couple of teams could get only a foot or two:

This fellow was having difficulty hooking the ponies to the weights, being cautious not to lose his hand in the process. The ponies made several false starts before they finally got to make their pull:

There was a flat bed completely filled with perfectly reproduced, miniature farm equipment - two rows of it. I never did find out what it was for, though:

And a rubber wheeled train which surely must have transported tourists at some former attraction. It was being used here only as a stationary exhibit, however:

This 40 horsepower, portable steam engine was built in 1922 and owned by the St. Lawrence County Highway Department until 1983, when it was sold to the museum for one dollar:

This was called a railroad speeder or crew car, and used by track inspectors to move quickly to and from work sites:

This diesel, 100 horsepower engine was part of the operations of a cheese box factory in nearby Heuvelton, New York. A sign noted that it weighed 30,000 pounds:

More of the mystery machines which I've been seeing all over the county. I have been told that they are old wheat threshers, and were used, before combines, to separate grain from the straw:

It was no surprise to find antique tractors, but the quantity of them was nothing short of amazing. This beauty was an International Harvester, 1948 Farmall. And yet there was still much to see at the Power and Equipment Museum, so I'll post Part 3 tomorrow:

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