“Where Are They Now?” Des Moore’s Steam Engine

“Where Are They Now?” Des Moore’s Steam Engine

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Good Morning Linda,

We have a very nice update to finish your story on the Mullet/Morphy Street Steam Engine!

This was part 1-The Old Steam Engine Tractor on Mullet Street

Part 2 Glory Days of Carleton Place–So What Happened to the Moore Steam Engine?

As we wrote previously, after my grandfather (Des Moore) passed away in 2008 my grandmother (Jean Moore) sold his steam engine to Brian Walsh. For the last 10 years, Mr. Walsh and his team has meticulously restored or re-fabricated every part of the steam engine.  It has been renamed “Steam Spirit” and just past weekend (August 23-27, 2018) made its first public appearance at “

James Miller Steam Engine Man from Perth

Hissing Steam, Parades and a 1930 Hearse–Pioneer Days Middleville

” in England. Mr. Walsh had it shipped via truck, rail and ship to England for the 50th anniversary of the steam engine event.  While there, the fair made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for largest gathering of steam powered engines in one location.



For years my grandpa’s steam engine took Morphy Street neighborhood kids for rides and was a conversation piece for anyone who stopped to chat with him!  Now it is fully restored and has a new life with Mr. Walsh and his team! More details of the restoration and photos can be found on his website steamspirit.ca

Thank you for piecing together these stories!  Hopefully this update finishes the story of the Morphy Street Steam Engine!  

Janine Azzouz (Des Moore’s grand daughter)




15th July 2018 – Preparing and packaging Steam Spirit for her first sea voyage to the Great Dorset Steam Fair proved to be more of an emotional challenge than a practical one.

The smokestack, governor, canopy and supports had to be removed for height clearance into the container. The rear deck and main hubs were adjusted to fit the 92 ¼” width of the entry door.  The new firebox has 4 purpose built tie downs for travel and to relieve stresses on the undercarriage the firebox was jacked up and rested on solid blocking. Ten heavy-duty tie down ratchet straps secured her to the container sides. Read the rest here


Great Dorset Steam Fair achieves World Record– Click here


Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.


Photos!! Who is With These Steam Engines?

Glory Days of Carleton Place–So What Happened to the Moore Steam Engine?

The Old Steam Engine Tractor on Mullet Street

James Miller Steam Engine Man from Perth

Hissing Steam, Parades and a 1930 Hearse–Pioneer Days Middleville

Steam Engines– Clippings About Harold Richardson



Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Citizen,
  2. 28 Sep 1983, Wed,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 3

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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