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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 newly 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 67th year in 2015 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 to be held again August 12th - 15th in 2015 featuring Case, Maytag, and Briggs and Stratton!
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 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 2015 Rough & Tumble 1/64 scale die-cast metal truck commemorates the 67th Annual Threshermen’s Reunion. This years truck is a two-tone Freightliner Century Class Cab featuring 2 CASE tractors: a DC-3 LP Gas Wide Front and a DC-3 LP Gas Narrow Front. The number of trucks produced will be a limited edition. The commemorative truck is once again MADE IN THE USA by the Penjoy Company, located in Mount Joy, Lancaster County, PA. The order form is available here.
It's been 25 years since a group of enthusiasts sat down and established the Waterloo Boys of Southeastern Pennsylvania. To commemorate this silver anniversary, the Waterloo Boys are offering a 1:64 scale model truck. The truck features the Waterloo Boy tractor and the Model D (the first tractor to wear the John Deere name badge). The Waterloo Boy picture is the actual tractor owned and restored by the club and the Model D is owned by a club member. Trucks are manufactured 100% in the US by Penjoy and cost $56.60 (+ 6% sales tax for PA residents). Orders are due by April 30 and trucks can be picked up at John Deere days or delivery is available for an extra charge. For more information or an order form, please contact Jesse Knaub at firstname.lastname@example.org or download the order form here while still available!
An interesting video from the 1995 Thresherman’s Reunion (20 years ago) has just been posted that you can view here.
The large Corliss Engine, a 115-ton engine built in 1914 that pumped the water supply for the entire City of York, Pennsylvania, is installed at the new National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, PA on Feb. 24, 2015.The 101-year-old machine will be among the largest and is definitely the heaviest piece of machinery within the museum, which is expected to open in mid-2016. This steam water pump was on display at Rough and Tumble and was donated to the new Museum for their first piece of equipment to be installed. There is a link on our link page to the Museum and you can also see more information here.
Rough and Tumble is looking for some volunteers to restore our rare Coldwell Steam Lawn Mower and have it available to operate for the special 2016 Steam Show. If you have the interest and time, please let us know. More information and history is available here.
The Association is saddened to notify that long time member Col. Ross Rhodes passed away on January 27th 2015. He was active with Rough & Tumble in the 70's and 80's. Several times he auctioned our quilt for us. More information is available here.
The Mid-Winter Get Together was held February 14th at Rough and Tumble. This was a good time to come out and catch up with Members and Friends. The Model Shop and Blacksmith Shop were open with exhibits and snacks. People stopping by saw many model displays running, hot iron being crafted and activity around the grounds . It was cold and snowy outside but it was warm and heated in the open buildings. Photos are available here.
An interesting R & T video slide show has been added to the 2014 photos and videos. Photos were taken by Nikki Brown and I merged the photos into a start to finish slide show detailing the equipment setup up before the Reunion show and displaying equipment now winterized and stored in buildings with autumn leaves. You can view this new video in our Photos and Videos Year 2014 or click 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 54th Rough and Tumble Annual Membership meeting was held Saturday Oct. 25 at the White Horse Fire Hall followed by our Annual Banquet. There was entertainment provided by “Hot off the Press” with great food and Rough and Tumble door prizes. Photos from the event are available for viewing here.
The 2015 Officers are; President Arthur Astle, 1st Vice President Butch Biesecker, 2nd Vice President Bud Burdy, Secretary Nina Wolf, Treasurer Janice Glenn, Curator Dave Adams, Chaplain Nevin Brubaker. The 2015 Directors are; Matthew Lerch, Arthur Astle II, Dennis Hornberger, Paul Stevens, Larry Hess, Glenn Stauffer, Warren Wolf, Allen Gruver, Don Sadler, Jim Conte, Bill Reber, and Harvey Bashore with 2015 Alt Directors Ray Fleetwood, Brian Oxee.
Members are always invited to attend the monthly Board meetings and becoming involved. Looking ahead, R & T will need several new Directors for 2016. Come and attend some meetings and hear what it takes to run Rough and Tumble as the unique organization it is.
WGAL TV Channel 8 visited the 66th Annual Thresherman’s Reunion and did this special story on “Little Toot” you can listen to here.
The R & T Winter Whistle has been added in Member Information. Members can log in and go to Member Info and download the new Whistle with highlights and photos of the Threshermen’s Reunion and other R & T news.
Engineers and Engines Magazine visited the Rumely Expo at the 66th Thresherment’s Reunion this year. You can find the article from their October-November Magazine 2014 written by Brenda Stant here.
We have some Very Special Photos and Videos of this years Annual Threshermen’s Reunion on our Website. Photos and Videos from all events in 2014 including the 66th Thresherman’s Reunion are available in our 2014 page here. We would like to thank the members and visitors that posted the great videos on YouTube to share.
The 66th Threshermen's Reunion set more New Records in 2014. Another great weather week with no rain during the show 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 35 steam engines running at the show. Even our new web site broke records with over 1,700 visitors per day during the reunion. In 2016 we will be featuring all types of Steam Traction Engines for the most ever on display and running.
The Saw Mill roof replacement is complete with the beautiful engine exhaust hood! The old roof was removed in June and the new roof is now up with final touches being completed. Watch us cut wood this year!
The photo to the right and more here shows the new roof up and the sawmill is being prepared for lot’s of log sawing at Reunion. The new roof is larger and higher and increases the work space available.
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.