The Neverwas Haul, seen here at the 2007 Burning Man festival in Black Rock, Nev., was built by a Bay Area-based group calling itself the Imperial Hibernian Ministry of Insanity and led by Shannon O'Hare of Orinda, Calif. The self-propelled three-story Victorian house sits on a travel trailer, is made from 75 percent recycled equipment and materials and features a Grand Stage for performances and demonstrations of Victorian-era technology.
Measuring 24 feet long by 24 feet high by 12 feet wide, the Neverwas Haul is perhaps the most ambitious Steampunk contraption that has been built to date. Highlights of the Haul include a steam/solar distiller system, working steam boilers, a bio-peat mill and a camera obscura. It has been accompanied by O'Hare and his fellow Victorian-costumed players to events such as Burning Man and the Maker Faire in San Mateo, Calif.