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This Old Fire Engine

In 2015 the Fire Museum's only functional steam fire engine was put out of commission when the boiler was deemed unsafe. This began a two year endeavor of raising money, finding a boiler maker, and completely rebuilding our 1899 American Fire Engine Company steamer from Lawrence-Cedarhurst, NY.

Left is an image of the steamer when it last operated in May of 2015 at the museum's annual Steam Show. Since then, it has been our goal to have the steamer fitted with a new boiler and working again in time for the 40th annual Steam Show, which will take place on Saturday, May 6.

Along the way, our tireless volunteers have dismantled and cleaned hundreds of parts in preparation for the arrival of the new boiler. During that process the Fire Museum's staff was very excited to uncover a section of original paint on the engine's frame.

This started the museum's Director & Curator, Stephen Heaver down the path of finding a perfect match for that paint. When no such paint could be purchased, we made our own.

Last week the project took another giant step forward when the new boiler was delivered and fitted to the frame.