Central Massachusetts Show

Air Pumping Engines

Brad Eisner with one of his many hot air pumping engines.

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303 Fisher Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420

It rained Monday through Friday of the week before the show and the set-up crew found themselves sloshing as they laid out the field. But as tradition has it, Saturday morning, although the sun did not brightly shine, the rains stopped. By early Friday evening over a hundred exhibitors were already on the field and at noontime Saturday the spectators were witnessing all the activities of the traditional Yankee Engineuity in Action show.

Two vertical and one horizontal boiler pushed steam for the 50-odd steam engines on the steam tables and the one large engine on the grounds. Bruce Dexter cut his annual load of shingles on the Chase shingle mill powered by a tractor. Brad Eisner kept the crowd pleased with his hot air engines. Our two tool displayers, Nelli Bates and family and Phil Whitney and family, put on their usual show of antique tools and hand implements with the Bates doing some log hewing and despite the warm temperature the Whitneys displayed ice cutting equipment.

This year we were fortunate to have more tractors than usual and a rare industrial Massey-Harris was brought in by John Dupre.

We had our first fire in our nine year history when gasoline leaked from the carburetor of the 9 HP engine on the flatbed truck of Richard Fournier was ignited by a backfire (See Dec. 1985 GEM). With typical New England volunteer tradition, between 30 and 50 pounds of CO2 and dry chemical extinguishers appeared from the exhibitors and made quick work of what could have been a very dangerous situation. Dick washed the engine down and was all set for Sunday's exhibit.