Celebrate the Spirit of the Machine!


| December/January 1998



Canadian Tractor

1920 Canadian Tractor. Only 50 of these Alberta tractors were built, and there are only two left in existence. This tractor has its original wooden frame and wooden spokes in the rear wheels, and an adjustable wheel base. Photo by John D. Dean, Calgary, A

John D. Dean

P.O. Box 6360 Wetaskiwin, Alberta Canada T9A 2Gl

The Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, interprets the impact of technological change on Albertans in the areas of agriculture, aviation, transportation and industry from the 1890s to 1965.

The museum features an outstanding collection of more than 5000 artifacts, both static and operating. Enjoy hands-on displays, audio-visual shows, artifact demonstrations, interpreter led programs and special events throughout the year. During the summer, the hiss of a steam tractor, the roar of an airplane, and the purr of a vintage luxury sedan bring to life the spirit and speed of change on the prairies. Ride in one of the vintage automobiles, experience two 1930s midway rides, or thrill to the excitement of flying in one of the fully restored vintage biplanes.

Agricultural collection highlights include: 1908 IHC 12 HP gasoline traction engine (restored); 1929 Harris 36 ft. cut combine (unrestored); 1910 Fairbanks-Morse 25 HP tractor (original); c 1912 Gas Traction Company Big Four 30 (unrestored); 1913 Hart Parr 30-60 tractor (restored); cl912 American Abell 32 HP steam traction engine (unrestored); 1920 Canadian 14-28 tractor (restored); cl915 Best 75 HP tracklayer (unrestored); c 19 18 Goold Shapley & Muir 24-12 tractor (restored); cl87O A. Gaar portable steam engine (unrestored).

The library boasts more than 1800 publications and 18,000 trade literature items, including repair manuals and dealer catalogues. This is believed to be the largest public collection of its kind in Canada.

The Reynolds-Alberta Museum operates a state-of-the-art restoration shop and conservation lab. Often, visitors can tour these facilities, meet the museum's restoration staff, and see actual conservation and restoration projects in progress. Included in the museum complex is a 120-seat theatre, a boardroom, two assembly rooms and the 120-seat Grill Cafe. These settings are ideally suited to small conferences, meetings and seminars. Full catering services are available, and all venues can be booked through the Special Functions Program.