Friday, October 7, 2022

Crankin' It Up: Gid Tanner And His Skillet Lickers

I haven't posted a new phonograph video in ages. Brat died, and YouTube is much stricter on copyright enforcement than they were in the early days of posting, so most of my records have been taken down. This record, from 1927 is a surprise. Gid Tanner was a popular musician, but nobody has spoken up, so maybe Columbia hasn't kept up the copyright on this performance. If I hear from YouTube that this video violates a copyright, I will take it down, so listen now, and enjoy!


Why Did Someone Hang The Bucket On A Tree?

 We got this patch of timber nearly forty years ago, and I pass this hickory tree frequently. It was a sapling when someone hung the bucket overhead, and now the bail goes nearly through the middle. Chomp, Chomp!







Wednesday, October 5, 2022

It's Good To Be Lucky

We are finishing up mowing for this year. We neglected mowing much of the yard this year and are taking care of the outlying parts now. I got lucky. If I had mowed during the summer, I would have run right into this hornet nest. It was right at head level when driving the tractor. That would have been a bad time for sure.  

 

Driveway Activity

 We get alerts regularly on our phones to tell us that a photo came in. Turkeys are fun, the coyote is no surprise, but we don't like him.

    
                                                                Deer

 
                                                                 Turkeys


                                                               Racoons


                                                                 Coyote


                                                                  Neighbor Dogs


                                                                     Buck


                                                             Geezer and Gal


                                       

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Tuesday Torque: Go Buggies


Many Thanks, Merle for sending this one! Manure spreader wheels and exposed sprockets and chains are a must when building a buggy for touring show grounds. 

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Corn Sheller and Feed Grinder, Rollag, Minnesota

 Vintage corn sheller and Letz feed grinder, plus two engines belted up to do the work. This was at the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota.

Back To The Old Grind!

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Weekend Steam II: Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Model Building, 2022

 I sent Merle a few emails while I was on the road at Rollag for the big steam show, and he sent me a link for the model display there. Good thing, because every time I went to that building, the place was crowded, and I never got in! Thanks, Merle!

Friday, September 30, 2022

Thursday, September 29, 2022

How Do You Roll Over A Big Engine?

 This Worthington pumping engine easily qualifies to be called "Big." It takes leverage and patience to prepare big engines for starting. 




Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Twin City 40 Prairie Tractor

 Prairie tractors came in amazing varieties. Every make, and every variation is distinctive, and Twin City tractors are big bruisers. They upright, inline engines, (Note the 6 cylinder model next to the 40 in the lineup!) and a radiator that is quite similar to the Aultman Taylor tractors.

Traveling Forge

 Have you ever wonder how repairs were made in the field for armies in the 19th Century? Wonder on more! The traveling forge is strangely absen from movies as far as I know, yet it was a critical need for armies on the move. 

Monday, September 26, 2022

Friday, September 23, 2022

Weekend Steam II: Newly Restored Reading And Northern T-1 2102

 Merle sent a great link for the newly restored 4-8-4 engine, and it is beautiful! Thanks for spotting, Merle!



Weekend Steam: The Smallest Railroad With The Heaviest Locomotives

 Go to Youngstown, Ohio this weekend for a special treat; ride on the J & L Narrow Gauge (2 feet) Railroad! This is a heritage railroad where you can ride behind an 0-4-0 steel hauling Porter locomotive. Read about it on  Facebook, and on the railroad's website: J&LRailroad.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Rollag Kinetics

 You keep your head on a swivel while looking around at steam shows. Something is always on hte move. Here are some of the sights at Rollag, Minnesota.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Shelling The Corn!

 Susan got to take a ride today while our farmer shelled corn. It is always a good time. Next will be the beans, then the second crop beans. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Monday, September 19, 2022

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Chopping Is Close To Grinding....

 This is the machine that will chop your ensilage and put it into the silo. This is a mystery to folks who have never been around a farm, so it is well worth watching. Keep your clothing and hands away from the moving parts!

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Back To The Old Grind!




Saturday, September 17, 2022

Weekend Steam II: Engine 353 At Rollag!

 No charge to ride the train around the grounds at Rollag. Your gate fee takes you all the way! It is best to be there on Friday, and ride then, because the train will be packed Saturday and Sunday. 


Friday, September 16, 2022

Weekend Steam: Steamboat October Meet, 2012

 Here are some mighty fine boats to enjoy. Thank You, Merle for spotting! Lake Nockamixon Steamboat Meet, Lake Nockamixon, Bucks County, PA, October, 2012

Water Powered Workshop

The water wheel sings a lovely song as it turns, and it powers wood working equipment in the cabin. One of the fascinating displays at the Western Minnesota Threshers Reunion at Rollag, Minnesota.


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch!

 Great interview with a great instructor! Many good takeaways in this video. "I buy my wife guns as good as mine, or better than mine, 'cause she may be the one that saves my life." 


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

This Is The Way It Is!

 Plan Accordingly!


Tractor Driving Mixed Up With Suicide!

 The tag says Improved, but I don't know exactly what it was they improved. Not the muffler, for sure. This nasty two stroke tractor will bust your eardrums.  Not the murder part; this tractor still has that! Listen to the owner tell about it. Lug it down with a heavy load and the motor will reverse, cause the tractor to back up, and the driver is crushed between the tractor and the load. Sounds like a good one for static display!





Sunday, September 11, 2022

McCormick Sheller, Letz Feed Grinder

 The Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Show has more exhibitors than you can shake a stick at! You will wear out your feet in a few days and you will not see it all, so plan another trip. In this brief video you will see ear corn being run through a McCormick sheller, then the shelled corn is dumped into a Letz feed grinder. It makes for happy pigs and chickens. 

                                      Back To The Old Grind!




Historic Plowing Record!

 Kory Anderson's big Case 150 has successfully plowed with 50 bottoms in the ground! The steamer barely broke a sweat!


Weekend Steam II: Advance Rumely On The Sawmill!


This Advance Rumely provides some great stack talk for us to enjoy as the sawyer pulls through some big cottonwood logs. The edger provides some good sound effects, too! Rollag, Minnesota, September 4, 2022.



Friday, September 9, 2022

Weekend Steam: Advance Rumely 18 HP


 Kory Anderson, his brother and dad, brought this nice 18 HP engine to Rollag last week. The final bit of work they did before the show was to install a new crankshaft and pour new babbit bearings. Click the photo to enlarge you you can see the shiny new metal. This weekend in Andover SD, the Andersons are pulling 50 bottoms with Kory's Case 150.  I have seen one video already, so there will be some available to post soon. 

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Corncrib Capstan Winch

 I think this was used in a corn crib. It would be a perfect tool for lifting the front of a wagon to dump corn or wheat into the drag for a bucket elevator. The top unlatches so you can flip a line around it. Rig the line to lift from the ceiling to a snatch block and hook then back to the ceiling, and you pull with two lines.


Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Kerosene Annie!

 This unique Oil Pull prototype is one of the reasons I went to Rollag for Labor Day Weekend.


This post from WDAY tells you all about it! CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

You Never Know How TV Interviews Will Go

I was meandering through this roundhouse when I spotted a television reporter (Kevin Wallevand, WDAY TV) conducting an interview with a locomotive engineer, so I stopped and watched. This interview went on for at least ten minutes and there was plenty of good material. I looked it up on the 'net that evening, and saw neither hide nor hair of this accommodating engineer. Oh Well, that is how it goes. The reporter found another story that he liked better. CLICK HERE to see the story that made the news from the show grounds that day. It's good, too! Roll through the INFORUM posts on WDAY's website and you will find a couple more videos about the show at Rollag.

 

Tuesday Torque: Davis Pump Jack Engine

 I slipped off to a little steam show, and this beauty was the first thing I looked at. It is extremely rare.