Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mason Dixon Historical Society Steam and Gas Roundup, 50th Anniversary

This was the 50th year for this event held in Westminster, Maryland. Hundreds of antique tractors and farm machinery, antique cars and steam powered equipment, some of which is used to give working demonstrations during the day. Some of these things are very ornately decorated, making them as much works of art as valuable, purpose built tools.

There are also a lot of flea market type vendors selling anything and everything including things which you'll look at, scratch your head and ask yourself, "What the heck is that?". A fun way to spend a day, this year they even had tractor pulls with some of the antique tractors.


  1. HELLO! I see you got lucky with your Album. I once had a Tractor shop (1975, those were he days!), in the small village of Nepopualco, 10 min. drive above Talyacapan. There were some Farmalls & Fordsons working the fields: one Ford tractor, had a Fort model T gasoline engine! Still could get parts, in downtown Mexico city. Gaskets had to be hand-made. I like this tractor Album & the tools are fantastik1!.

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  2. When working as a nomadic jungle mechanic, in 1974, one of the engines I was giving maintenance, was a Ferguson Morse kerosene engine. Very much like an Otto motor: a one horizontal piston engine, one had to krank by hand, after opening the exhaust valve with a hand lever.

    The flywheel was like a steam locomotive wheel! The carburetor had to be emptied & filled with gasoline prior to kranking. The head had no cooling, the were called Hot Ball heads (Bola Caliente in Spanish) or the kerosene would not get ignited, by the GiGANTIC spark plug.

    Very much like the trailer, after the one you did not know what purpose, full of gears: my guess, its a drivable multypurpose power plant, for all types of farm work & processing machines.

  3. The behemoth tractor, really is HEAVY! Most people do not know, that to pull the plough (with how many discs? I wonder ...) the tractor has to dig the ground to get enaugh traction. The BIG rear wheels are close to 90% filled with WATTER, to add more weight.