“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

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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