One of your readers, Tom, sent me a lot of pics of a junkyard close to where he lives. Thanks Tom! I would like to share these pics with you. I personally like the title picture a lot! In Tom’s own words: “These were used to plow fields as well as power other machinery like wood saws,water pumps and thrashing machines that were used in harvesting farm crops like wheat.That was done using a flywheel on the side of the tractor and long canvas drive belts.”
This pic shows the back of these steam tractors. Tom explained me that the containers on the back are for spare burning wood and water: the left is for wood and the right one is for extra water.
This is a great detail of one of the machines. Really cool pic!
These are the controlos for the engine. It seems that it wasn’t that easy to drive a tractor back then.
The tractors above are a bit more modern, although the first one still has metal wheels. The second has indeed rubber tires. Both look really cool!
This last one is a steam shovel. It looks really massive! It is impressive to see as much older machinery, given that some is pre World War I, so they survived the melting during both wars. Specially during WWII, everything made out of metal was melted for the military, making guns, tanks and so on.
Thanks Tom for the cool pics!