The Autumn Engine Show

Vic (left) and Carl Grosser.

Vic (left) and Carl Grosser.

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R.F.D. Sutton, Vermont 05867

On September 24th we went to an engine show in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, sponsored by the Lion's Club. Many other engine enthusiasts were starting their engines. Our engine was a Galloway make and break that fit in our pickup. I like this engine because it is slow and does not continuously fire. Its ignition coil is old; Dad found it in a junk store. The Galloway's fuel is gasoline.

There was a 15 HP Reid mounted on a trailer. It had an interesting starting system. A much smaller engine was mounted on the trailer also. This smaller engine had a belt running from its flywheel to an axle with a rubber tire on it. The rubber tire touched the Reid's flywheel and started it.

We saw about five model steam engines. They were running on compressed air.

Another interesting thing was a corn grinder. It was belt-driven. There was a chute on it with grinders at the bottom. Corn kernels were poured into the chute and cornmeal came out a spout into a box.

An engine was running a pump. The engine was hitched to the pump by a belt. The pump was geared inside so a pump piston would go up and down. This was circulating water through a tank.

Engine shows are interesting. My favorite engine was the Reid.

About the Author: I am 11 years old. My hobbies are reading, ham radio and electricity. I live in the woods in Sutton, Vermont with my brother Carl and Mom and Dad.