Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum

Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum The Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum is a living-history museum founded in 1969 located on 55acre of county-owned land on the outskirts of Vista, California.

The Museum is a non-profit 501c organization. It is located at 2040 N Santa Fe Ave. in Vista. It is run by several paid employees, along with volunteer help.The museum is open almost every day of the year and has two bi-annual shows, on the 3rd and 4th weekends of June and October. The museum also has other public and private events throughout the year.ExhibitsExhibits at the museum include:Technology museumGas Engine Row has many large stationary gas engines from the early 1900s. On the row is an operational Fairbanks-Morse mine hoist winding engine, a pumphouse powered by a Fairbanks-Morse engine, a horsepower 1922 Fairbanks-Morse type YV engine connected to a large alternator, an enormous 1914 Chicago-Pneumatic hot-bulb air compressor, an Western engine, a Western engine, a Western engine and many other stationary engines. Almost all of the engines on Gas Engine Row can be seen running during the shows.Steam Engine Row showcases many different types and sizes of stationary steam engines; from a monstrous Allis Chalmers Corliss engine with a 12ft flywheel, to a small J. Lefel & Sons portable engine. They are all powered by steam from two large boilers, nicknamed Pat and Rich, after two long-time museum volunteers who maintain and operate them.

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Vista, CA


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