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Sounds of antique machines fill air at CAMA Spring Power Up


KENT – Steam whistles, horns, clanging engine parts and pistons gyrating were all part of the atmosphere at the Spring Power Up at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) grounds April 27 to 28.

Chris Destafano of Newtown drives the large tractor powered by 1912 Frick Eclipse engine model 1440 around the grounds at CAMA April 27. Photo by Lynn Mellis Worthington

The weather cooperated for the two-day event, with only a bit of rain on Sunday morning, which was a relief for the volunteers organizing the event. Last year’s rainy weather seemed to coincide with almost every event they hosted.

Children and adults were delighted to ride on Engine No. 5 for the train rides up and down the narrow gauge track.

Engine No. 5 was offering non-stop train rides during the Spring Power Up weekend show at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) April 27-28. Photo by Lynn Mellis Worthington

CAMA board member Chris Destafano fielded questions from curious visitors about the large tractor he drove around the grounds. It was powered by 1912 Frick Eclipse engine that is 14 horsepower. He filled up the 100-gallon tank of water from a pump next to the sawmill building. It boils the water to a pressure of 100 psi and steam could be seen escaping from the top valve to release the pressure.

Jason and Chase Haas of Plymouth, far right, enjoyed seeing the model trains powered by steam at CAMA spring show April 27. Photo by Lynn Mellis Worthington

Exhibitors displayed their engines in the large field and vendors filled the areas under the trees with items available for purchase.

Inside each of the buildings, engines were whirring and chugging as visitors walked through looking at them.

CAMA is open for the season Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The next event on the schedule is June 8 with the Mining Museum’s mineral show with vendors and the Antique Tractor Pull.

All kinds of steam machines were on display April 27 at the Spring Power Up show at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) and volunteers were greeting visitors and explaining how the machines work, including in the Industrial Hall. Photo by Lynn Mellis Worthington
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