10/21/10 193 W, 2 I - + 12 - 5 Charlotte's Steamer in Action

Here's a neat video story from WBTV showing Charlotte's steamer "Old Sue" in action. The apparatus is a 1902 American LaFrance Metropolitan, third-size, serial number #2813. They report that the steamer was put through its paces after undergoing a recent restoration. (Operational restoration, no? Believe it underwent an exterior restoration some ten years prior.)

The five-ton engine-- capacity 600 GPM-- was even hitched to a team of horses! The steamer's appearance was also reported in this News 14 story. Over 40 steam engines served in North Carolina, including four for the Charlotte Fire Department. (Raleigh had two, Wilmington had eight!) At least ten have survived. Read some of that history.



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