Ploughing by steam

Pearn Steam Museum, Westbury, Tasmania
@JudyEv (136392)
Bunbury, Australia
July 4, 2018 6:43am CST
I grew up on a farm and have remained very interested in farming methods, particularly those of my forefathers. In Tasmania, we chanced upon a steam museum. Most of the exhibits were to do with farming and there were also a number of old tractors and other bits and pieces. One massive engine had me very intrigued as under the main engine was a sort of horizontal flywheel with steel rope wound round it. I couldn’t work out the purpose of this but luckily a nearby sign told me all about it. The engine was used for steam ploughing. In the low-lying wetter areas such as you might find in England, tractors were unable to be used for ploughing as they bogged too easily. These steam engines were usually made and sold in pairs. Each engine remained stationary at either end of the field. The plough would be pulled back and forth between them. The engines would move a few metres along the side as needed. The plough was guided by a driver on the implement. One engine always pulled from the left and one for the right which explains why they were made in pairs. The steel ropes were 16mm (3/8 of an inch) and approximately 550 metres in length. Wouldn’t one of them take your head off if it snapped? I found this fascinating but perhaps you not so much (sigh), But I can wish. (smile) I don’t have a photo of the machine but I liked this tractor which only had one front wheel. I’m not sure how it managed to stay upright.
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@rebelann (42983)
• El Paso, Texas
4 Jul
That's interesting, why don't they make cars that run on steam?
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@JudyEv (136392)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jul
It is too inconvenient to be towing a trailerload of wood to burn to make the steam! (that's meant to be a joke )
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@rebelann (42983)
• El Paso, Texas
5 Jul
Oh yeah that @JudyEv .... I guess even coal would be too heavy, geee, it would mean we'd all have to slow down some
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@JudyEv (136392)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Jul
@rebelann Which mightn't be a bad thing either.
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@Jessabuma (33168)
• Baguio, Philippines
4 Jul
That's nice! I like this one front wheel tractor. So cute.
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@JudyEv (136392)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jul
To me, it looks like it is going to tip over.
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@Jessabuma (33168)
• Baguio, Philippines
5 Jul
@JudyEv yes hehe!!! It has a good balance coz it has 2 wheels at the back.
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@JudyEv (136392)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Jul
@Jessabuma I suppose so but I wouldn't trust it.
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@just4him (128382)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Jul
Sounds like you truly enjoyed going through that museum. Good picture of the tractor.
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@JudyEv (136392)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jul
Does it look very unstable to you? It does to me.
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@just4him (128382)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Jul
@JudyEv No, it looks fine. I'm sure it's on the center of gravity so it stays upright without a problem.
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@JudyEv (136392)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jul
@just4him I'm sure it does but it still looks wonky!
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@TRBRocks420 (84180)
• Banks, Oregon
5 Jul
Very interesting and, nice looking tractor.
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@JudyEv (136392)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Jul
It's a strange looking tractor to me.
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@TRBRocks420 (84180)
• Banks, Oregon
5 Jul
@JudyEv It's a bit different lol.
@JohnRoberts (64810)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Jul
You were full of steam writing this post! Having three wheels is still balanced.
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@JudyEv (136392)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jul
Well, it certainly doesn't look it!
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@Kandae11 (40358)
4 Jul
Farming methods have come a long way from back in the day. And less manpower is needed.
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@JudyEv (136392)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jul
They even have harvesters that can now steer themselves using GPS co-ordinates.
@Icydoll (25777)
• India
4 Jul
Good to see this one front wheel tractor.
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@JudyEv (136392)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Jul
It looks like something is missing, don't you think?