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The Paris Manufacturing Company Lombard Log Hauler Nina

The Lombard Steam-Powered Log Hauler

Wintertime is upon us in New England and with the ground frozen it makes for prime time for logging with heavy equipment. After not having covered anything steam-powered in a while, this pair of images and the video below found by Lombard Log Hauler enthusiast Terry Harper fits the bill. He had the following to say about his recent discovery of the film made by the Paris Manufacturing Company in Crystal, New Hampshire circa 1916:

“Considering the time of the year, I thought this video was most appropriate as it shows without a doubt the best vintage steam-powered Lombard footage yet to be seen. Note the road breaker plow visible just in front of the tracks as well as the sequences of it going down a grade. With no brakes, the engineer’s only option to control the speed was to skillfully administer how the steam was sent to the cylinders by using the reverse section of the control quadrant”.

  • The Lombard Steam-Powered Log Hauler
  • Control was by an engineer in the cab and another worker, who steered the Lombard up front.

“Usually any appreciable grade would be covered with straw or be dug down to the bare soil by the workers with a few scoops of gravel thrown on for good measure. Also note the stops to wood-up, a Lombard could travel approximately seven miles on a cord of wood and the bunker only held 7/8th of a cord”.

After viewing the video you can look back on an earlier post: The Lombard Steam Log Hauler, a clever creation of Alvin Orlando Lombard. There you can learn all about the Lombard, see more photos, patent drawings and another video showing a restored Lombard in action. The photos are courtesy of Plowshare Forge. The video is courtesy of  Herb Crosby.

7 responses to “The Paris Manufacturing Company Lombard Log Hauler Nina

  1. I wonder if the small skis in the front was all that existed of the steering, or did they brake, or at least declutch the inside track? The skis seen pretty puny to influence those tracks.


    • Herb, Sorry but not knowing the exact make up of the machines I don’t know if there was any other means of steering beside the skis. Take a look at the link in the article to our earlier post where there is quite a bit of technical info.

  2. Great video! Wintertime work in the woods, Eastern style. What a powerful demand for lumber that company must have had. And as with so many adaptations of the machine to do important labor, those log haulers provided powerful, practical and economical solutions to the problem of move a lot of heavy material! The same way just a few men could man a five masted schooner, with dog engines to haul the yards, man the pumps and generally assist in managing the craft.

  3. In answer to the question about steering – the skis are it. There was no ability to clutch or de-clutch the tracks. The skis do have deep skegs and there is a lot of weight on them.

    Lombard did use a differential or what he referred to as a compensator. This was on the chain drive. It consisted of a 23 tooth pinion gear keyed to the crankshaft turning a 56 tooth spur gear with 16 tooth bevel gears mounted on a spider. Final output to the 9 tooth chain sprockets (1 ea. side) was via a 36 tooth bevel gear driven by the spider gears.

    Watching the video its easy to overlook the fact that all that work is being performed by a 20 ton machine rated at 100 hp.

    • The power of steam never ceases to amaze and impress. The mass this small engine is able to motivate is very considerable. Also, the skill/worry involved in driving downhill must be great and the margin between control and disaster very fine indeed. Fabulous endeavour.

  4. While canoeing the Alagash in Northern Maine with my dad back in 1968 we came across 5 Lombard log haulers stored in a metal shed at Churchill Depot .

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