Demolition derby cars are one thing, monster trucks are another, but steam tractor pulls? You won’t see something like this one very often! Here, Rob Gill presents a steam tractor pull at Pinckneyville, Illinois from 2004.
Owner Josh Maschhoff’s smoke-belching monster looks like a combination tractor and train engine. It runs at 150 psi, weighs more than 21 tons and the engine is fully loaded with coal and water. The torque of this engine is a powerful 3000 ft.-lbs. at 240 rpm, which puts most modern machinery to shame.
This amazing 100-horsepower machine puts on a display of steam turning to a fire-red shower of sparks as the train whistle sounds. Before the show, sawdust was added to the coal and water to create the flaming effect, and you can hear the announcers warning the crowd to be mindful of the hot sparks that are falling in a streaming spray from the smokestack.
According to Farm Collector, the first 40 Case 150-horsepower engines were introduced back in 1904. In the days when these were used for harvesting, there was a potential fire hazard. The threshing process was complicated, involving a great deal of power and a lot of stress on the machinery. Today of course, modern machinery has eliminated these problems; but this engine stands as a powerful reminder of the skillful way agriculture was once handled. Take a look for yourself and prepare to be amazed!