The Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association

From: John Telford

  • P.O. Box 9
  • Kinzers, PA USA 17535
  • 717-442-4249
  • Kinzers is about ten miles outside of Lancaster, Pa on rt. 30

    Activity dates:

  • 47th Annual Old Thresherman's Reunion August 16, 17, 18,& 19, 1995
  • Picture night October 13, 1995
  • A time of Harvest October 13 & 14 1995
  • 35th annual membership banquet October 28, 1995
  • Membership is $15 US per year. Admision to any show is $5 for whole show.

    R&T is a widely varied club. My interest is in stationary steam. We currently have 4 running large Corliss mill engines, 2 Uniflows, and many, many Stevenson type engines. These are set inside a large building with a boiler shed attached. All running engines are steamed for each show.

    Another building has been set up with a display of sterling cycle hot air engines.

    There are about 75 or so steam tractors on the grounds. About 30-50 are steamed for each show. Other equipment ranges from steam rollers to Stanley steamers to steam cranes to steam powered well drilling rigs. And everything in between.

    For steam trains, there is a full sized Shay loco with a variety of cars. I don't know the gauge of the model track but if you call the comittee they should be able to help you. There is not much emphasis on steaming the model loco's at this club. There is a large section that does stationary models though.

    The club also has a large gas engine following. There are everything from one lungers to tractors to marine engines and everything inbetween.

    The club is very hands-on. We have an adopt-an-engine program whereby you can adopt a tractor/stationary/marine etc engine, restore it, and then have it to run during the various shows.

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