Old days revive...

It was 30 years ago at the steamrally in the typical Dutch city Hoorn, that one of the activities was an egg race. Sitting on the sideboard of a roller with an egg in a small spoon, who was the fastest engine driver? Of course it was not easy to keep the egg on the spoon sitting on a bouncing roller!
Here the engines are waiting on fresh supplies.


 

(from "OP STOOM" no.13, juni 1973)

Granddad's little steam engine

In an ancient issue of the magazine Steam Preservation of the East Anglian Traction Engine Club was found a nice story describing a small portable. This was taken over in "Op Stoom" now nearly 30 years ago.

Joseph Richardson was one of the members of a large family, living in the 19th century. He was familiar with portables and ploughing engines. When he returned from the army, he married a London girl. Steam engines still played an important role in his life and he decided to build one himself. The photograph shows he was a very accurate constructor. Of course comes now the question, was it used for something or only a playing tool? Playing tools were in these days too expensive and the portable was indeed a working tool. Joseph's wife did a lot of sewing work. In those days sewing machines were mainly driven by hand or foot, heavy work. With the portable just outside the window, a driving belt into the room sewing became a lot easier! The story does not tell how was worked in wintertime with the open window…. What has happenened with the engine of Joseph nobody knows. Does it lay somewhere under a thick layer of dust or was it scrapped many years ago?

Nearly 29 years ago, June 1973, this picture was published in "Op Stoom" The Marshall roller Sijmen, just restored had the task to open a new road near the Dutch city Leiden. It was "steamed' by the Mayor of Leiden

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