Garr Scott traction engine by danapommet ()
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This is a 1902 Garr Scott traction engine. Garr Scott and Company, established in 1835, in Richmond, Indiana, manufactured a long line of tractors, threshing machines and steam engines from 1842 through 1911. This enormous cast iron and steel tractor, weighing some 5 tons empty, was used mostly as a stationary portable steam flywheel for threshing wheat and other agricultural purposes. The 10 horsepower traction engine with a single cylinder Class F engine powered everything. The term traction engineÃ¢ was later shortened to tractor. To operate the engine and tractor, the boiler was fired with either coal or wood that stoked in the firebox at the rear of the machine. The firebox heated water, in the reservoir above, produced steam pressure that powered a flywheel (on the other side) and the tractor itself. Pulleys connected to the flywheel of the tractor, could run a thresher machine up to fifty feet away. It took a tractor crew, pulley crew, a horse drawn team to continuously supply water to the tractor and a second horse drawn team to keep up with supplying the tractor with wood and or coal. It does not sound very efficient but it worked. All info from a nearby sign. Zoom works.
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Image Comments (35)
MrsRatbag () 7:25PM | Fri, 02 November 2012
Wow, I never knew all that stuff about the early tractors. Look at that cool back tire! Great capture and information, Dana!
eekdog () 7:26PM | Fri, 02 November 2012
love the infor you always provide Dana, cool shot of this tractor, real oldie.
Richardphotos () Online Now! 8:19PM | Fri, 02 November 2012
there is one similar at a local park at the entrance. superb photography
Jay-el-Jay () 8:53PM | Fri, 02 November 2012
Very informative,and a wonderful shot of this oldtime engine.
pixeluna () 9:02PM | Fri, 02 November 2012
With all the hybrids I had been seeing in our city lately, this is something worth looking at and the info is always so nice to have.
netot () 10:15PM | Fri, 02 November 2012
Interesting machine. Like all inventions of man, after a long time, and due to the development of technology, its performance seems complicated and even ridiculous, but they eventually made life easier to the man who used them and were the basis for what we currently enjoy . ( Do you remember when you had to advance the film with a lever whenever you took a photo, or you had to change channels on the TV with a knob?) Great subject and great capture, Dana!
whaleman () 10:48PM | Fri, 02 November 2012
Looks to be in good shape! They are very interesting to watch in action. Nice shot Dana!
bobrgallegos () 1:20AM | Sat, 03 November 2012
Great capture and information on this cool old steam tractor!!
durleybeachbum () 1:59AM | Sat, 03 November 2012
A lovely object! We have the biggest Steam Rally in the world in our county, I must dig out my slides!
jayfar () 2:39AM | Sat, 03 November 2012
A great pic of a lovely old tractor Dana, I love these things.
Leije () 4:19AM | Sat, 03 November 2012
Very interesting infos, Dana, and excellent shot of this incredible engine !
dakotabluemoon () 7:09AM | Sat, 03 November 2012
U know i had to have a copy of this one i love old tractors very nice capture on this.
jendellas () 10:18AM | Sat, 03 November 2012
Wonderful old engine, my nephews wifes father has one :o)
npauling () 7:47PM | Sat, 03 November 2012
I love these old steam machines and I love seeing them in action at shows etc. An excellent shot.