These projects have been completed or are in still being restored.
The Waterous Brantford Engine
The Waterous Brantford Engine was donated and delivered to our museum by Roger and Mark Fryer of Fryer Forest Products. These two men are the nicest fellows you could meet anywhere and hopefully we will get them down to our museum in the future, to see what we are all about. The engine is a “TWIN” Heavy Duty Side Crank Waterous engine (made in Brantford). It has two 10 ft. flywheels on a common crankshaft, two cylinders (18 inches each ?), produces about 400 HP? and weighs about 50,000 lbs?. It was built in the latter 1800’s. As you can see by the question marks(?) we still need to know much more information on the engine, but we are exploring all possible avenues to gather information. in addition to the Waterous engine, the Fryers also donated a very large 18 KW DC generator that supplied power for the sawmill, and a small horizontal engine that was used in the saw mill.
As you can see this will be a MAMMOTH project, but with the help of all museum members, lots of brute strength, ingenuity and money we will make it happen.
On October 28, 2003 the Essex Steam & Gas Engine Museum received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to assist in rebuilding the Waterous Engine.
The Waterous Steam Engine Project will take at least 18 months to complete. When finished the Waterous Engine will have a permanent home next to three other Steam engines that our museum has restored. All of our steam engines will be connected to a line shaft that will run the entire length of our steam engine exhibit. From this line shaft we will be able to run a number of different machines. The Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Museum recently completed the restoration of a turn of the century sawmill we call the Carl Smith Sawmill named after the family which donated the sawmill to our museum. The Carl Smith Sawmill will be the first machine that will be run from this line shaft.
The first step in restoring the Waterous Steam Engine is to establish it’s size so that we can build a foundation and cement pad for our engine. To do this we have to temporarily placed the engine on steel girders from here we can establish the measurements we need.
Waterous Steam Engine parts are prepared for sandblasting and painting
Footings were made for the huge Waterous Engine.
The engine parts where washed, sand blasted and painted. The Waterous Engine was ready to move to it’s permanent location.
Waterous engine completed and on display for our 2009 show. Thanks to a grant from
The Ontario Trillium Foundation
All our Stationary Steam Engines are able to run with the help of electric motors. Visitors to the Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Museum are able to see our Steam Engine running any time. Call ahead or e-mail us to make arrangements to tour the Essex County Steam & Gas Engine Inc.
On March 31, 2001 a sale was held at the Elmer Robinson farm and this sawmill was part of that sale. The sawmill was originally owned by Carl Smith and his family and was located in various locations. but for quite sometime in the Cedar Creek area of
Colchester South. Elmer Robinson purchased it many years ago and it has been weathering outside ever since. At the auction sale the Smith family repurchased the mill and have donated it to the Essex County Steam and Gas Museum. Museum volunteers will re-store it along with further help and advice from the Smith family. The Museum appreciates this donation and will do our best to restore this historical sawmill.
As you can tell by the picture Bob McCracken has worked his magic and now the Carl Smith Sawmill is about to take up it’s permanent working location at our Museum. At our 2002 Annual Show we are hoping to demonstrate to our quests just how well the Carl Smith Sawmill can cut wood.
Up-date November 2003
The Carl Smith Sawmill is now fully restored. The Essex County Steam and Gas Engine Museum invite you to come and view our sawmill. Presently we are building a canopy to protect the sawmill from the weather.
A message from Our Past President Evelyn Baker
A determined crew has made great strides with your “Millennium Project” – the Walkerville Engine. Anyone who was around when this engine and all the associated line shafting was meticulously extracted from it’s former home and trundled off to storage was hard pressed to envision it restored, mounted and running at our museum. But believe me, under the tarps on the east side of the building is another story almost come true – the engine is mounted, partially restored and if the robins ever come back to McGregor, will be running again! This has been an ongoing task for both working on the grounds and behind the scenes with the paperwork. This project will be admired and watched to completion with a lot of anticipation. This is what your club is all about, and we both thank and encourage all working on this task to keep at it!
Restoring the Walkerville Steam Engine
The very engine of the Old Walkerville, Ontario economy will be preserved as the new millennium begins. The members of the Essex County Steam and Gas Engine Museum will refurbish the steam engine that ran the Hiram Walker lumber mill for about 70 years, beginning in 1885. The enormous machine with a 13 foot flywheel was purchased for $1,000.00, a large sum in those days. It was the heart of the mill, powering the machinery that produced rough and dressed lumber, crating, interior trim casings, baseboards, wooden boxes, doors, windows, cabinets and staircases. When the mill was demolished, the steam engine was carefully dismantled and stored. Now , at the turn of the millennium, the club members will reassemble it for display in a community park, complete with signs explaining its workings and its importance to the community. It will stand as a very solid example of the industry that built the area into the community it is, as we enter the 21st century.
The “Millennium Bureau of Canada” has agreed to support this project up to the sum of $12,000.00. Their public policy objectives of actively engaging Canadians in initiatives which celebrate Canada’s achievements. explore Canada’s heritage and builds Canada’s future by promoting local, national and international collaboration in programs and projects of lasting impact into the next millennium.
Our Millennium Project has found a new home. Located to the east of our club house the Walkerville Engine has been installed and will be brought back to life. The huge fly wheel has been sandblasted, painted and installed. As weather permits the Walkerville Engine will be operational in time for our Annual Steam Gas Engine Show in August 2001
The Essex Steam and Gas Engine Museum would like to thank the Millennium Bureau of Canada for their help in the restoration of our Walkerville Engine.