Nobody really seems to know what this thing is, but it shows up pretty regularly at the Great Oregon Steamup every year. It is certainly at much more unique machine than the mass produced all-terrain vehicles or golf carts that most people drive around in at the steamup. Take a look at that huge bell!
On the first Weekend of the 2010 Great Oregon Steamup, this collection of 1/8 actual size logging equipment showed up and operated a small logging camp. Due to the small size, and therefore small movements, you won't see too much action until the boom swings about 2/3 of the way through the video.
This 1880 Case Traction Engine is thought to be the oldest operating steam traction engine in the USA. In previous videos from the Great Oregon Steamup, we saw it demonstrating its stationary abilities. Here it is moving under its own power.
Recorded using a tripod on the Pacific Northwest Coast at Seaside, Oregon. In hopes to capture the true nature of our side of the sea. Fortunately, a 'kite-glider' happened to come into view of my video followed by his 'best-friend' on four paws! ;o) Enjoy!!
In Sunriver, a sister city of Bend, Oregon we enjoyed the 'World Of The Otter' exhibit at 'The High Desert Museum'. An adorable little girl watched as I video-taped the graceful water-critter and added her own take on this wonderful underwater world.
Great Blue Heron, Tundra Swans, ducks of various kinds, and a few cormorants are all taking advantage of the presence of the Cabell Marsh - and you can hear some of them in this pan shot taken from the Cabell Marsh Photo Blind, at the end of the Homer Campbell Memorial Trail.
Steam locomotive ex-Southern Pacific 4449 pulls a short passenger train along SE Portland bicycle path. City of Portland owns 3 steam locomotives, of which this is one, but are only able to be seen by the public every once in a while.
Here is a much larger hit-miss engine being demonstrated, during the 2009 Great Oregon Steamup. The hit miss idea is a fairly simple way of keeping the engine from consuming fuel: cut off the fuel supply until the engine speed drops to a certain RPM. This means that under no load, the engine runs with very little fuel consumed. Note how many RPM you see the engine make until the exhaust blast of smoke shows that the engine actually fired.
Here is a view of the Wheat Thresher (seen in a previous video on this site) from the other side. From left to right: the pile of resulting chaff, the machine, a wagon with manual loading, and to the far right in back is the top of the steam tractor driving all this with a belt. This was part of the 2009 Great Oregon Steamup on August 2.
Hicks Gas Engine Co. produced gasoline engines with an ignition system that did not require spark plugs. This example was used from 1920 in stationary applications in Tacoma until fairly recent years. However, the Hicks engines were mostly used in boats.
One of the many eccentric antique machines at Powerland during the 2009 Steamup, this contraption was modified to have a blower and bubble dip. The entire machine is operated by a belt drive to a very early hit-miss type gasoline engine.