Monday, December 19, 2016

Greetings in Steam

Puslinch is located south of Guelph, only an hour's drive away from Grimsby or Toronto.  It is rolling rural farm land, typical of Ontario.

But it has an exceptional collection of steam traction equipment known as the Ontario Steam Heritage Museum.  We were lucky to visit yesterday for the Volunteer Open House - with live steam traction engines in the yard and a fiddle orchestra in the shop. 

This felt like the farm version of the Santa Train ride. These huge steam tractors were pulling wagons full of riders along the wooded trails.  And there were quite a few tractors out and operating, so the air was full of steam.

This is a privately-owned museum and restoration workshop.  It is on the property of owners Wayne and Judi Fischer.  You can read a little about it at  And there's a Wellington Advertiser article.

There are so many forms of steam here - traditional tractors which we see in pictures of the yard.  There are shingle machines, wood-working machines,ship's engines, even a collection sewing machines was on display, That is what is interesting in the shop - how many tools, parts and supplies are present.  

But back outside to the steam in the yard and the whistle blowing.

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