REFLECTIONS

A Brief Word

| December/January 1995

  • Willi Hoffman's Collection
    Rain interfered with our visit to Willi Hoffman's wonderful collection, but our tour group made the best of things. Since we all had umbrellas, and the yard was of brick, it wasn't much to worry about. Besides, the Hoffmans got busy and put canopies over
    Dave Brown
  • DeLaval cream separator
    30/12/11
    Charles Balyeat
  • Unidentified Engine
    30/12/13
  • Haney Tractor
    30/12/12B
    Fred Rhinehart
  • Haney Tractor
    30/12/12A
    Fred Rhinehart
  • Vehicle Abuse
    A visit to a Unimog demonstration saw these vehicles subjected to every imaginable abuse. Although the various Unimog models are quite expensive, they are virtually unstoppable in almost any kind of terrain. Seeing them in action made for an interesting a
    Guy E. Walker
  • Walter Van Schayik's collection
    The visit to Walter Van Schayik's wonderful collection was enhanced even further by some local enthusiasts who brought in selected examples. It was a beautiful afternoon and evening, and in fact, it took a couple of hours for even a cursory view of the co
    Guy E. Walker
  • Lanz Bulldog tractor
    When we visited the Friends of the Crankshaft Club and Museum in Holland, one of their members brought his Lanz Bulldog tractor, and invited any of us to drive it around the area. These interesting tractors are very popular among European collectors.
    Rich Howard
  • Universal marine engine
    30/12/2B
  • Universal marine engine

  • 1 HP Sattley
    30/12/2C
  • Old Plow
    30/12/10A
    Charles Balyeat
  • Old Plow
    30/12/10B
    Charles Balyeat

  • Willi Hoffman's Collection
  • DeLaval cream separator
  • Unidentified Engine
  • Haney Tractor
  • Haney Tractor
  • Vehicle Abuse
  • Walter Van Schayik's collection
  • Lanz Bulldog tractor
  • Universal marine engine
  • Universal marine engine
  • 1 HP Sattley
  • Old Plow
  • Old Plow

We've been bursting with joy to tell you of the recent GEM tour to Germany, Switzerland, Holland, etc. By all accounts, it was a memorable two weeks!

Our group totaled 120, and due to its size, some came into Zurich, Switzerland on September 8, with the remainder on September 9. After a pleasant journey by coach we arrived at the Sun-star Hotel in Grindelwald, a beautiful Alpine resort town. On September 10 we had a beautiful day in Grindelwald, and took a ski lift up into the Alps. Fortunately, the manager of this multi-million dollar lift system gave us a special tour of the mechanical side, and this alone was a highlight of the day.

The next day we left for Luzern via the Brunig Pass. The scenery was beyond belief, and our three coach drivers managed the hills and curves in masterful style. That day we also managed to spend some time in the Swiss Transport Museum, a fantastic collection of almost everything to do with transportation. We also got to ride on the steam ship Unterwalden. The huge steam engine is entirely visible on this paddle-wheeler and was certainly a sight to behold.

On September 12 we visited the Swiss Agricultural Research Station at Tanikon, and among other things, viewed a tremendous collection of antique farm equipment. After a brief stop at the magnificent Rhine Falls, we headed for Stuhlingen and the private collection of Roland Porten.



The Porten collection is undoubtedly one of the most impressive private collections of engines and tractors in Europe. His sheds were virtually bulging at the seams. While not all the engines and tractors have been repainted, it is a requirement that nothing goes into the museum that isn't in running order. That evening Roland treated us to a magnificent meal at his Rebstock restaurant.

The following day we were off to Furtwangen in the Black Forest and stopped at the German Clock Museum, truly a sight to behold. Then we coached to Ehningen and the private collection of Willi Hoffman. Although dampened a bit by rain, we nevertheless saw a tremendous collection of engines and tractors, most of them being meticulously restored and painted. As with our stay at the Porten's, the hospitality left us with a warm glow.



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