The era of the gasoline engine began before I was born. (By several decades — and I’m old.)
I grew up riding in automobiles, watching trucks, and driving tractors. Trains ran on diesel fuel, as did large ships (except for a few that were coal-powered).
However, in our farming community, the generation ahead of me supplemented all the fossil fueled vehicles with hay-burners.
Water, hay, oats, and corn are needed to keep this two-horsepower engine in top condition. Wearing fancy harness, this duo spends hours each day moving tourists between a castle and a village. I’m sure they know the route well.
Have you ridden in a horse-drawn vehicle? Driven one?How long ago?
In the sweet, historical romance, New Dreams, the hero finds work in a stable. Every day teams needed to be harnessed, stalls cleaned, and equipment checked. The freight wagons, and horses, were vital in the 1850’s.
More information on New Dreams here: https://amzn.to/3vWydWE