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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 just 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 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 Rumley 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 66th year in 2014 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. The R & T Threshermen's Reunion is the 2nd Oldest in the Country!
Winter 2013 News
The Association is saddened to notify that long time member Earl Leary passed away on February 24th, 2014. Earl loved Rough and Tumble and would often come to shows with his Banjo and play music with the other "Little Toot" musicians under the awning at the station. In the photo to the right, Early Leary is on the right, Chuck Savitske is in the middle and Jim Faust is on the Left. You can find Earl's Memoriam on our web site here.
New this year at R & T, the Woodcarver and Woodworking Association will be set-up and Demonstrating at the Spring Steam-Up show May 9th and 10th. See craftsmen sculpting beautiful wood projects! This event will NOT be held during Blacksmith Days.
Kathy Hazzard, Secretary and recipient of the R&T Presidents Trophy will be going through a hip joint replacement. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy for a successful proceedure and quick recovery.
The Mid-Winter Get Together was held February 8th and was a great time to visit and catch up on the past year and the new year. Members had a chance to see many models run and watch our Blacksmiths working with hot Iron. After the crazy winter weather the past few weeks, it was timely to check who had power and who was still out. There was plenty of good food and a great turnout of members to the event. Photos can be seen here.
Rough and Tumble has updated the Officers and Directors photo on our website. You can find the new photo here.
The 66th Annual Threshermen's Reunion and 22nd Rumley Products Expo Commemorative Truck features the 1/64th scale die-cast metal truck with a Rumley 15-30F. This Rumley was made from 1911 to 1918 with a total of 3,847 built. This was the only single cylinder Rumley OilPull built. It's bore and stroke was 10 x 12 inches. The F weighed 16,500 lbs. and ran at 375 RPM. The form to order is truck available is here and in Resources.
The Truck is available for $75.47 plus $4.53 tax per truck (PA only) with $11.50 shipping for the first truck and $2.00 for each additional truck. Orders must be processed by September 1st 2014 and supplies are Limited! You may pick up the Truck at Reunion or have it shipped.
The new January 2014 Whistle is in the mail and also for members to download from the website after logging in. If you have not renewed your 2014 membership yet, you can easily do this through PayPal and R&T will mail your new membership card to you.
The Waterloo Boys are working on a project for "Across America for Wounded Heroes". On April 26, 2014 a tractor worked on by Steve Kroser and his team will leave NJ and go across the US with a goal to raise $1 million plus. The Wounded Heroes is really what it is all about and they want to raise funds for these hurting individuals, changing lives one mile at a time. If you happened to visit the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg, the newly constructed tractor was on display at the Farm Show. You can see their web site with photos, information, and a web cam during the cross America journey here.
All of us at Rough and Tumble would like to thank all our members and visitors for a record breaking year in 2013 with attendence and exhibits. We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Holiday and New Year's as we begin 2014.
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.
2013 Steam School, IH Show, John Deere, Reunion, and Time of Harvest Photos have been added in the photo section. New Video's have been also been added to the 2013 Photos and Videos album from Reunion. Many of these videos are taken by Members or Visitors and we are happy to share them on our website.
The 65th Threshermen's Reunion set New Records in 2013. Best weather in memory with no rain and temperatures in the 70's! Fleamarket 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 50 steam engines running at the show. Even our new web site broke records with over 1,500 visitors per day during the reunion.
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 ran for 30 minutes on 7/20/13 as shown on the New 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 new Video is below.
Garden Tractor Pullers - In the interest of uniformity, any participants interested in pulling in the Garden Tractor pull that is held on the Saturday of Reunion, held in August, will be required to set up and display all four days of the show. This four day requirement is already enforced for the large tractor pullers. With the very popular feature scheduled for 2014, we will not be able to allocate the parking field for the Saturday morning parking of trucks and trailers that usually come with the Saturday only pullers. Thank you for understanding that this is a necessary change to accommodate the need for more display and flea market space. More info here.