08/08/12 106 W, 3 I - + 5 - 8 Fire Expo: By Hand, By Horse

These three beauties are displayed on the Lenoir Street side of the Raleigh Convention Center, for this week's South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo. Top to bottom is Charlotte's 1866 Jeffers hand-pulled, hand-powered engine, Charlotte's 1902 American Metropolitan steam engine "Old Sue", and Raleigh's 1905 American LaFrance Metropolitan steam engine. The steamers were horse-pulled, though that wasn't always the case in the Old North State. Some of our earliest steam engines were pulled by hand (!), including Raleigh's 1870 Gould steamer. Learn more steamer history. All three of these will be demonstrated with live pumping on Saturday. Don't miss it! Click to enlarge:

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