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There probably aren't many photos out there of a steam tractor on a railcar on a boat on ice. Here we see two brand-new Buffalo-Pitts steam tractors on a flatcar aboard the transfer steamer City of Detroit on the Detroit River in winter. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.