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Rough and Tumble Historical Association, Inc. is a unique 501(c)(3) non-profit museum located on 33 acres in Lancaster County in PA that helps preserve America's Agricultural and Industrial history by holding events throughout the year. We have many operating exhibits as well as numerous Steam Traction Engines including the 2nd Oldest running Steam Traction Engine in the US, the Schiedler built in 1886 recently restored! See the video of the first test of this engine in our 2012 Photo Gallery.
Ride two special Steam Trains that loop around our grounds. There is a huge collection of Gas Engines including the Oldest Internal Combustion engine running in North America built by Otto and Langen in 1867. We have a large building of Stationary Steam Engines all running. You will see some of the best restored John Deere, IH, and Rumely tractors around to name a few. Our Model Shops have many very unique hand built items on display and running. Watch our Blacksmiths forging items. Founded in 1948, we are celebrating our 68th year in 2016 with the unique history as one of the longest and earliest running organizations of this type in the U.S.
Rough and Tumble is "The Most Complete Operating Steam and Gas Engine Show in the East"! Our Threshermen’s Reunion attracted thousands of visitors from across the U.S breaking attendance records last year. Come visit us and see up close the wide range of unique operating equipment of all types on our grounds. Counting Down to the Show!
The 68th R & T Threshermen's Reunion is the 2nd Oldest in the Country to be held again August 17th to the 20th in 2016 featuring the “Steam Expo” with Alamo and Empire Gas Engines. An additional feature is “Rusty Iron”, bring out your Rusty Iron for display, it has to be running.
Welcome to the Rough and Tumble Web Site. Our site allows members and visitors to join, renew, and update their Membership and purchase Membership and Gift Shop items on line with their credit card via PayPal. Members can also sign-in and update their profile information, read R & T By-Laws, Club Info, and download and print the quarterly Whistle newsletter.
R & T Happenings and News:
The 2016 John Deere Raffle winners are;
5th Steve Sheidm
4th Daniel Shirk
3rd Glenn Smale
2nd James Conley
1st Darren Brennon
Winners call George Harris at 610 742 0038.
John Deere Days at Rough & Tumble will be held July 22 - July 23. This annual show is sponsored by the Waterloo Boys Two Cylinder Club of Southeastern Pennsylvania. See a Wide Range of John Deere Tractors with Deere History and Tractor Pulling Events. There will be Tractor Games and Pony Motor Demonstrations.
On Saturday there is a Kiddy Tractor Pull as well as a Tractor Parade. Don’t forget the annual Raffle Tractor Drawing! More information on the show is available here. Also there will be a concert Friday night to enjoy! Photos are available here.
The Board of Directors has chosen the Nominating Committee for 2017 Officers and Directors. Bud Burdy is Chairman with Dennis Hornberger, John Johnson, Gerry Myer, and Warren Wolf on the committee. Members are always invited to attend the monthly Board meetings and becoming involved. Looking ahead, R & T will need several new Directors and a new President for 2017. Come and attend some meetings and hear what it takes to run Rough and Tumble as the unique organization it is. If you have an interest in being involved on the Board, please speak with anyone on the Nominating Committee.
The Shay railroad train boiler replacement is making great progress and will be test fired in July. The new boiler is expected to be test run in early August and to be running at Reunion. More info is available here.
This weekends Saturday Volunteer Activities can be seen on the Volunteer section in this weekend activities here. A special thanks for all the Volunteers that help make Rough and Tumble the great and unique organization it is today!
This years 68th Threshermen’s Reunion is featuring the 2016 Steam Expo and will be held on August 17–20, 2016 in Kinzers, PA. The Rough & Tumble truck for the 68th Threshermen’s Reunion is a Red Fender and Black Freightliner Century Class Cab with a Black Box Trailer. The side panels of the box trailer are examples of steam engines and steam trains located on the Rough & Tumble grounds. At noon time every day of the Threshermen’s Reunion, all of the steam engines, machinery and trains blow their whistles. It’s loud… but it’s a fun sound! It is amazing to hear all the different sounds of steam whistles. The form to order the truck can be found here in resources
The 2016 R&T Brochure is also now available here and can also be found in our Resources. You can see all the show schedules for the year and information on our 68th Annual Threshermen’s Reunion.
Steam School 2016, was held on Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd this year. Classes started at 9:00 am on Saturday in the St Johns meeting room. Steam School day 2 began Sunday May 22nd at 8:30 at the Steam Traction Engine area. If you are interest in the next 2017 steam school come to Time of Harvest show in October to register for school. More info on the 2017 school is available here. The video of our 2016 school is available here.
Rough and Tumble has received some great reviews on TripAdvisor. We thank all the many people that visit our unique Museum every year. The link to TripAdvisor with our reviews can be found here.
Now is the time to renew your Rough and Tumble membership for the year. If you are a member you can log in and update your 2016 family or individual membership with PayPal. If you have a problem logging in, we have a help area here. You can also purchase an individual $200 lifetime membership. What a great gift! If you prefer to mail it in, the form is here. We will send your membership cards to your address.
Rough and Tumble is preparing for the 2016 68th Annual Threshermen’s Reunion. The Reunion will be called Steam Expo 2016 where we are expecting over 100+ steam Engines. This will be the largest gathering of Steam Traction Engines on the East Coast! This promises to be an exciting show with many types of steam engines on the grounds. You can print the poster of the Steam Expo here.
The 67th Threshermen's Reunion set more new records in 2015. Another great weather week with no rain during the show and temperatures in the 80's! Flea market filled to capacity. Most exhibited equipment. Parking lot's filled to over flow capacity. Parade stands filled. The widest collection of parade machinery almost anywhere and over 38 steam engines running at the show. Even our new web site broke records with over 1,800 visitors per day during the reunion. In 2016 we will be featuring all types of Steam Engines for the most ever on display and running. Photos and Videos of the show have been added to the 2015 Photos and Videos page.
Rough and Tumble Volunteers have made considerable progress restoring our rare Coldwell Steam Lawn Mower and will have it available to operate for the special 2016 Steam Show. We now have the engine turning over which can be seen here.
A $10.3 million dollar project to relieve traffic congestion in Gap where Rt. 41 intersects with Rt. 30 will begin in the spring. The 2 year Gap Bottleneck Improvement Project will allow two lanes in either direction as shown on the map to help traffic flow. This should also help with traffic at Rough and Tumble during busy shows. We are located about a mile west from the project at the far top left on the map where R&T is. More information is available here.
The Patriot News of Central PA wrote a special article on what Rough and Tumble has to offer a visit to our grounds during shows. You can read their article "Rough and Tumble's show of power is like no other", here.
Our Circa 1900's, Line Shaft "Machine Works" continues to grow and add more equipment. We would like to thank R & T Director Bud Burdy and his team for the beautiful job they are doing after much research on how to design and build the shop. You can see project photos in the Photo Albums. They are finding more interesting circa equipment as the project progresses. Note the ceiling mounted line shafting.
Bill Hazzard and his team have worked the Cooper Engine Project for many years from dismantling it in Ohio, to bringing it back to R & T, pouring concrete and installing the engine. Bill was able to turn over the engine with compressed air in the summer of 2012 to prove the mechanics. The next step was to complete the exhaust, fuel supply lines, and cooling system which is now complete. The engine first ran for 30 minutes on 7/20/13 as shown on the video. Look at the Cooper Engine Project and New Running Videos in our photo section. New Notes and an engine diagram were added to photos pages.
A Great Piece of Cooper History from Roger Kriebel has been added regarding the Cooper Engine. You can see that information here.