Green Mountian Magic

Gas Engine in Vermont's Green Mountains

| October/November 2003

  • Stuart Davis' nicely restored air-cooled
    Stuart Davis' nicely restored air-cooled 1-3/4 HP 1915 United Type A, serial no. 82018.
  • Old Blair Farm
    Getting ready for the show.
  • Gas Engine

  • Alden Piper's 8 HP 1918 Simplicity
    Alden Piper's 8 HP 1918 Simplicity, serial no. BE4986.
  • Empire engines

  • Empire engines

  • Bob Gaffney's Marvel Draw Cut Saw

  • Bill Thorneloe's Manns Green Bone Cutter
    Bill Thorneloe's Manns Green Bone Cutter. Note that the 'N' in 'Bone' is cast backwards.
  • Modine Engine

  • 4 HP circa 1916 Meco
    William and Valerie Castimore's 4 HP circa 1916 Meco.
  • Biggest engine


  • Stuart Davis' nicely restored air-cooled
  • Old Blair Farm
  • Gas Engine
  • Alden Piper's 8 HP 1918 Simplicity
  • Empire engines
  • Empire engines
  • Bob Gaffney's Marvel Draw Cut Saw
  • Bill Thorneloe's Manns Green Bone Cutter
  • Modine Engine
  • 4 HP circa 1916 Meco
  • Biggest engine

Based in the Midwest as we are, when folks around the Gas Engine Magazine office think of gas engine show sites, they tend to conjure up images of flat, open fields and the occasional grove of trees. But in Vermont there's almost no such thing, and instead of looking for level land for show sites, engine collectors there look for vistas and accessibility. This year's Vermont Gas and Steam Engine Association Show, held on the grounds of the Old Blair Farm outside of Warren, Vt., provided both, with a definite emphasis on vistas.

The Old Blair Farm belongs to Ken and Fran Blair, and it's doubtful a better location for a show exists. Situated in the famous Mad River Glen area of west-central Vermont, the Old Blair Farm sits high on a ridge, with broad, sweeping views of the Mad River Glen below and the Green Mountains beyond. It's a stunning location, especially for a flatlander, and it's just that much better when it's accompanied by the sights and sounds of old engines.

Bob Williams' 1-1/2 HP Empire and his Davis Swing Churn. Empire engines were made by Alamo Manufacturing Co., Hillsdale, Mich.

Belted Up

Club president Bob Williams, Barton, Vt., had his engines set up at the start of the corridor forming the engine display, and like many other members his engine, a beautiful 1-1/2 HP Empire, was running and belted to a stunningly original 1880s No. 7 Davis Swing Churn. Made by Vermont Farm Machine Co., Bellows Falls, Vt., the Davis Swing Churn was available in several sizes and was a very popular item in the Northeast.



Just across the way from the Empire, Bob Gaffney's circa 1910 2-1/4 HP Associated

Bob Gaffney's Marvel Draw Cut Saw No. 2 cuts through a piece of metal stock with Bob's 2-1/4 HP Associated (flywheel just visible) supplying power.