If you like seeing old equipment operate, you should attend a Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association exposition in Kinzers, Pa. This exposition is for men young and old, wives, girlfriends and children of all ages. There are people riding in children's wagons, old cars, big tractors, steam tractors and garden tractors. Many of these machines are hauling whole families on trailers and wagons of various designs.
There are buildings full of hit-and-miss (pop-pop) and steam engines in operation. There is a steam-operated train that carries people around the compound on tracks, as well as steam tractors from garden-size to big farm and industrial tractors in operation and traveling around the compound. Meanwhile, others are operating belt-driven thrashing machines, saws, hay bailers, steam shovels and trucks. They have steam tractor pulls and other equipment contests daily.
They may be considering having other old drilling machines at future expositions.
Editor's note: Next month, look for a continuation of this column and see more of the old equipment on display, as Howard “Porky” Cutter shares further thoughts on his experience at the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association expo.