A Brief Word

| September/October 1996

On July 3 we returned from a visit to England, along with 46 other engine and tractor enthusiasts. Two days after arriving, we went to the Tatton Park 1000 Engine Rally, spending a whole day there, and having a wonderful time. The Bamford engines were featured this year, and indeed, there were a great many Bamfords on hand. In addition, there were many other makes represented, but unlike American shows, there was but a single John Deere 1 HP engine, and only a scattering of IHC and Fairbanks-Morse models. Lister, Ruston, Bamford, and many other engines of British origin were well represented, along with the Amanco. The latter is virtually the same as our Associated engine.

There was also a very nice tractor exhibit; it included many British makes, but also a sizable number of American-made tractors. There were examples from IHC, Case, Deere, Hart-Parr and others. Quite a stock of used parts and related items was also available, and the afternoon auction drew a large crowd.

In addition to the objects of our attention though, the hospitality of all the folks at the Tatton Park show was beyond anyone's expectations. Their hospitality tent was a popular meeting place where one could sit down, have a cup of tea, and get rejuvenated for another tour of the grounds. We'll have photos and further descriptions of this and other shows as time and space permits.

At Kilmarnock, Scotland, we met many engine and tractor collectors when John Caldwell and family hosted our group for a most enjoyable evening. A nicely restored steam engine met us at the driveway, and as we got off the coach, a Scottish bagpiper serenaded us. Then it was off into John's pasture where dozens of collectors in the area set up a mini-show (actually a rather sizable exhibit), just for our benefit! Dozens of engines and tractors were on display. For this writer, it was a special treat to see a 1 HP Evinrude Oil Engine. It carried s/n 1102, while the one we have in our collection is s/n 1082, just twenty digits earlier. So far as we have determined, these are the only two remaining examples of the 1 HP model.

After looking over the exhibits, along with much lively conversation, we adjourned to a huge grain storage building, formerly a barn, where we were treated to a sumptuous feast. During dinner, we were entertained with live music from a musical trio that seemed very professional to us, but maintained that they were only amateurs. Various presentations followed, with everyone in our group being given a nice remembrance of our visit. Especially touching to this writer was a lifetime membership in the Ayrshire Vintage Engine & Tractor Club.

The Railway Museum at York was another visit of special significance; this huge exhibit houses dozens and dozens of locomotives and related equipment. One could spend a couple of days there, but our time was rather limited, so only about a half a day was available.


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