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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:
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 water infrastructure project is proceeding at Rough and Tumble now that activity has slowed down for the year. New water lines are being set from the well to the rest rooms, farm house and down to the saw mill. Many of the lines are as old as Rough and Tumble itself and are ready for an upgrade.
Trenches are being dug and the new lines with a back-up is being placed in the grounds. A big thanks to all the people that are helping to get this project completed before the winter weather sets in.
We have some great Photos and Videos of this years events in 2015 including the 67th Thresherman’s Reunion available in our Photos and Videos Year 2015 page here. We would like to thank the members and visitors that posted the great videos on YouTube to share. We would also like to thank Photographer Sam Malek for the beautiful photos he took at Reunion this year that can be seen here.
11/7 R & T Director and Model Shop Chairman Don Sadler will be in the hospital for surgery next week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Don and his family for a successful surgery and quick recovery. Don has displayed and ran many unique running models at Rough and Tumble for many years and is a go to person for anyone interested in building and running model equipment.
This weekends Saturday volunteer projects can be seen on the Volunteer section in this weekend activities 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. To the left is a photo of many of the 2015 Officers and Directors taken Saturday at the show. Photos and Videos of the show have been added to the 2015 Photos and Videos page.
The new 2016 R&T Brochure is also now available here and can also be found in our Resources.
The R&T Membership has approved the Officers and Directors for 2016 at the annual banquet. They are President Art Astle, 1st VP Bud Burdy, 2nd VP Dennis Hornberger, Secretary Nina Wolf, Treasurer Janice Glenn, Curator Dave Adams, and Chaplain Glenn Stauffer. The Directors are Matthew Lerch, Arthur Astle II, Norm Gay, Paul Stevens, Butch Biesecker, Steve McCoy, Warren Wolf, John DiSante, Don Sadler, Brian Oxee, Ray Fleetwood, and Dave Payeur. Alt Directors are Leroy Schwartz and Bill Reber. We welcome these hard working people to continue the growth of our unique organization.
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.
John Deere Days at Rough & Tumble was held July 24 - July 25. 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 were Tractor Games and Pony Motor Demonstrations. On Saturday there was 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 was a concert Friday night to enjoy! Photos are available here.
Steam School 2015 was held during two Saturdays in May. Rough and Tumble graduated another full class that was blessed with good weather and an excellent learning class. We had many steam traction engines to run and Little toot. The Shay was not available this year due to the restoration project.
Photos and a video photo story of Steam School 2015 is available to watch on our website here. We would like to also thank all our Instructors who taught safety and operation of our antique steam traction engines.
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.