Gas engines and washing machine

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These two photos show some of the gas engines and other mechanical items on display by the Allegany Mountain Engine and Implement Association at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum located on Route 6 between Coudersport and Galeton.

In the background of picture #1 can be seen a washing machine collection, some operated by hand and others run by small gasoline engines. Other exhibits in this picture include a large industrial grind stone, water pumps, an old-fashioned drill press, old cement mixer, and a butter churn all driven by gas engines.

In the foreground a hydraulic ram pumps water to the tank on the tower, a small pump returns the waste water from the ram to the tank, for continuous operation

An engine driven cream separator is trying hard to make cream out of a white liquid placed in the machine to resemble milk.

In the same group a diesel engine generator provides lights for the grounds after dark when the show is closed to the public.

Also several engines of various makes are popping away contentedly running nothing.

Next to the refreshment stand at the end of the building a large air compressor supplies air to the model steam engines inside the building where also is shown a large collection of old brass steam whistles of various sizes and a prize winning model railroad set up.

In picture #2 we see an oil field pump jack pumping away at a 2' deep dry hole demonstrating the pumping of a well, which normally might be a few thousand feet deep.

Operating a very old wood working lathe, another member is kept busy turning out novelties for the children.

The shingle mill proved to be a popular attraction and people could be seen carrying away shingles as fast as the men made them. Parts of the logs in the foreground were cut to proper length and the shingle mill cut and trimmed them to a tapered shingle of the type formally used for roofing on houses. The logs are ordinarily used to demonstrate the manufacture of lumber in the saw mill operated by the museum.

Not shown in this picture because of their location are drag saws, buzz saws, and an antique display in the museum's log camp eating shanty, a model standard well drilling rig, a watch and flat iron collection, etc.

Moving pictures taken by one of our members while on trips to other shows were shown daily and was an interesting and well-attended attraction.

Our organization is not limited to collectors of engines and machinery, but anyone who has an interest in collecting articles from the past or present is welcome to join.

Our exhibits attracted large crowds both days and plans are under way to have another show in 1978 at a date to be announced later.