Tuesday, August 15, 2006

the shovel

The big surprise at this years Stem Power Show was the appearance of a steam shovel.

This lumbering piece of machinery resembled a dinosaur blowing steam and gobbling up gravel. This is a two-man operation, but from this angle you can't see the second man who is in charge of the boiler. The shovel operator works a series of handles and levers.

It was absolutely fascinating to watch. I can't imagine the work involved in keeping this monster going.


Teri M. said...

Hey - it's Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel! Uh yup, I delurked just to say that. :)

sugarcreekfarm said...

I read Mike Mulligan's Steam Shovel to Rafe every. single. night.

He thought this was a really great picture of "Mary Ann"! (So do I :)

Floridacracker said...

Mike Mulligan is all I could think of too. Wonderful shot!

Angie said...

Cool! I wonder if this is the kind of monster my Dad told about digging our drainage ditch.