Owego Fire Department Steamer Restoration Underway
It's important to preserve our history, including restoring and displaying items that helped shape our country. The Owego Fire Department is doing just that with their Amoskeag Steam Pumper which is currently being restored to be operational again and to be placed in a new showroom to be built for all to see and admire.
According to the Owego Hose Team website, the steam pumper has been around for 153 years, but has not been operational since the 1980s. The Owego Hose Team website mentions that in 1987, it was the oldest licensed operating steam pumper in the country.
There is a lot of history to the Amoskeag Steam Pumper. The Owego Hose Team website states that it weighs 4500 pounds, was built by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company in Manchester, New Hampshire and was in service to the Village of Owego, New York from 1866 to 1926.
The Owego Fire Department is in the process of the steamer restoration, recently delivering it to a restoration company in the State of Maine. The steamer is schedule to return in the summer of 2021. Plans are now in place for the construction of the steamer house that will not only be the home of the steam pumper, but also a 1939 Sanford Hose Truck. Check out the steamer project details including pictures at the Owego Hose Team website.
You can also see a video of the steam pumper being delivered to the restoration company in the State of Maine on the Owego Hose Team Facebook below.
Owego 1866 Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine restoration update - Phase 1.
Posted by Owego Hose Teams, Inc. on Monday, October 12, 2020