Rough & Tumble Engineers
Kinzers, Pennsylvania

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Blacksmith School as of Aug. 5th still has open work areas for school September 2nd and September 4th.  If you are interested in attending either or both days of Blacksmith school, more information about the projects and class is available here. 

 

The 69th Annual Threshermen's Reunion featuring “Construction Equipment” with Hercules Gas Engines and celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Otto and Langen Atmosperic Engine  August 16-19, 2017.  The reunion program is available here.

Exhibits include Steam Traction Engines, Antique Tractors, Threshing Machines, Hit & Miss Gas Engines and Large Gas Engines. Ride Two Steam Trains that loop our grounds, Watch the Saw Mill and Shingle Mill in Operation. Visit the Model  Shop , Antique Car Museum, and the Large Stationary Steam Engine Museum. See the featured Rumely Display, Stationary Balers, Antique Wagons and the new Line Shaft Machine Shop. There are many activities for Children including the Children’s Pedal Pull.

Watch the Blacksmiths pounding Iron, Walk thru the Huge Flea Market 2-3 acres and we have over 100 vendors.  See the large John Deere and IHC Displays, Numerous Craft Displays. Watch our Antique Earth Moving Equipment in Action. See the Daily Parade of Power and the Pageant of Threshing. Enjoy the Good Home Made Food with Plenty of Shade around the grounds. Evening activities include Tractor Pulls, Steam Games, and Antique Tractor Pulls.     

The 2017 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 69th Annual Threshermen’s Reunion. In 2017 we will be featuring Construction Equipment on display and running. We will have all our normal displays with a special large collection of vintage construction equipment.  Ray Fleetwood is planning on having acres of all types of running equipment.  A poster is also available here.

The Association is saddened to notify that long time member Jim Graybill, log time fixture member of Rough and Tumble passed away June 1st .  He had a collection of 14 antique garden tractors and many hit-or-miss engines, that he restored and showed. Jim enjoyed woodworking and fixing things. More information is available here .

We are saddened to announce that long time member and steam traction operator Clifford Hedges Foster passed away Sunday.  More information is available here.   Clifford Hedges Foster, 78, of Sagaponack died on June 25. 

Mr. Foster was an active member of the Long Island Farm Bureau, serving as its president for several years, and was also a member of the Long Island Cauliflower Association and the Long Island Antique Power Association. His love of tractors and other farming machinery, particularly antiques, led to his activity in that association, and he was a skilled machinist with the ability to fix almost any piece of equipment, even buying and converting old military trucks into brush fire trucks for the fire department. 

John Deere Days was held Rough & Tumble  July 21 - July 22. 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 a Kiddy Tractor Pull as well as a Tractor Parade.   More information is available here.

IHC Spring Show, R & T Tractor Pull & Antique Car Show.  The International Harvester show will be held June 8 Thurs, 9 Friday and 10 Saturday and is sponsored by the IHCC of SE PA Chapter #8H. Tractors & Equipment displays include IH Trucks & Scout Cadet Tractors & Equipment. The AACA will have a drive in of over 200 Antique Autos on Thursday. Watch Dynamometer Testing, the Red Power Parade, and Tractor Games and Rough and Tumble Tractor Pull. Weigh in for tractor pulls starts Sat. 8-10 am. and pulls start at 10 am. Also visit Stationary Engines & a Flea Market.  More information is available here.

The Spring Steam-Up was held May 12th and 13th at Rough and Tumble.   We werebe plowing the adjacent field with Steam Traction Engines  and Antique Tractors which is always great to see these engines working hard. All the buildings were open with exhibits around the grounds. On display and in operation are steam and gas engines, tractors, antique cars, models, blacksmith, saw mill, and Little Toot and the Shay! Photos and videos are available here.

Rough and Tumble is starting our first Gas Engine School offered anywhere in the US for the operation, safety, and care of gas engines. Students will operate and learn about engines from our unique oldest gas engine in the US, the Otto and Langen built in 1867 to our large 485 hp Cooper engine.  Students with also run the O&L, Cooper, Twin Miller, 3 ball Klein, 15 HP Reid and some small engines as well. There is so much to learn between anything from ignition to timing of these industrial beautiful engines of the age.  The Volunteers that take care of these engines are several of the most knowledgeable people in the use of these engines.

The 2017 School will be held Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday is the practical class, lunch, engine building basics.  Sunday students will run engines. The class cost is $30 per  student. School will be limited to the first 12 students that apply. More information is available here.

Rough and Tumble had a very successful 2016 68th Annual Threshermen’s Reunion. The Reunion was the 2016 Steam Expo where we we had over 107 Steam Engines. This was the one of the largest gathering of Steam Traction Engines in the US! This was an exciting show with many types of steam engines on the grounds.

The 68th Threshermen's Reunion set more new records in 2016. 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. Even our new web site broke records with over 1,800 visitors per day during the reunion. In 2017 we will be featuring Construction Equipment on display and running. Photos and Videos of the show have been added to the 2016 Photos and Videos page here. 

The first event of the year is an Antique Tractor Pull scheduled for Saturday April 22nd.  Weigh in is between 8 am. and 10 am. and the pulls start at 10 am. Trophies and Ribbons will be awarded for each class.  Any questions, please contact Walt Wilson at 610 283 0342 or Irvin Martin 717 575 3455. More information is available here.  

The Rough and Tumble Pulling Committee is pleased to announce that starting this year (2017) we will be including Classic Tractors to our pulls along with the Antique Tractors.  A new web page has been added for Tractor Pulling Information under R&T Information and can also be accessed here which included links to regulations and 2016 pulling results.

The 2017 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 69th Annual Threshermen’s Reunion.  In 2017 we will be featuring Construction Equipment on display and running. 

Rough and Tumble had a very successful 2016 68th Annual Threshermen’s Reunion.  The Reunion was the 2016 Steam Expo where we we had over 107 Steam Engines.  This was the one of the largest gathering of Steam Traction Engines in the US!  This was an exciting show with many types of steam engines on the grounds.  

The 68th Threshermen's Reunion set more new records in 2016. 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. Even our new web site broke records with over 1,800 visitors per day during the reunion. In 2017 we will be featuring Construction Equipment on display and running.  Photos and Videos of the show have been added to the 2016 Photos and Videos page here.

Rough and Tumble Volunteers have completed restoring our rare Coldwell Steam Lawn Mower and it is now operational for the special 2016 Steam Show. We now have the engine running on steam which can be seen running on steam above and here.  This is the only operational steam mower in the world!    

The Shay railroad train boiler replacement is complete and was ran successfully at the Reunion.  The Shay made many laps around Rough and Tumble and with a new steam dome! More info is available here.

Steam School 2017 filled in a record 55 minutes at the Time of Harvest Show Friday morning. The School is filled with students and standbys. If you are interest in the next available 2018 steam school, come to Time of Harvest show in October 2017 to register for school. The video of our 2016 school is available here. The Steam School program at Rough and Tumble continues to be one of the most popular schools in the US.  2017 will feature the return of the Shay Railroad engine for students to operate

Our final show of the year was held October 7th and 8th celebrating “A Time of Harvest”. Special events were held for children on Saturday including the Pedal Tractor Pull, Harvest Rides, Needle in the Haystack, & other games and events for children including Pumpkin Face Painting and a Barrel Train Ride. Rough and Tumble equipment will be in operation from steam trains, gas engines, and the model shops to gas engines, steam traction engines, and more.   

If you would like to make a Donation to Rough and Tumble, we have a link here. We are a unique 501(c)(3) non-profit museum and could always use your support for the many projects we have going on between water infrastructure and equipment restoration among other areas.  You can write off this donation on your taxes.

It is the time of year the autumn leaves are falling around Rough and Tumble.  Volunteers are working at winterizing and storing away all the equipment on display and running for the year.  There was a full crew this December 3 work day moving machinery and working on projects and leaves around the grounds.  A special thanks for everyone that came out to help. The snacks, coffee, donuts, and cookies were tasty. Thank you Wayne and everyone else that brought work day treats!

The Association is saddened to notify that long time member John L. Chandler, Jr., 73, of Delmar, died Sunday, January 8, 2017 at his home. He enjoyed tinkering on cars and was an avid John Deere enthusiast. Memberships included the Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Association, Eastern Shore Threshermen & Collectors Association, First State Antique Tractors Club, Waterloo Boys of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Association. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Rough & Tumble Engineers Historical Association, P.O. Box 9, Kinzers, PA 17535 and can also be done here. More information on John is available here.

The final Board meeting for 2016 was held on Saturday and the 2017 budget was voted on and approved by the Board.  A special thanks was given to President Arthur Astle who is ending his 3 year term this year. Butch Biesecker will be the next Rough and Tumble President starting on January 2017.

Alfred H. Woodward, 87, died on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, after a long illness. He was also a member and past board member of the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association. He was the last of an unbroken line of Woodward’s farming in Chester County since 1684.

His Memorial service will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017 11:30 a.m. at the Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Centerville, DE followed by a luncheon at 1:00 p.m. at the West Chester Golf and Country Club. Memorial gifts in Alfred’s memory may be made to the Rough and Tumble Engineers and Historical Association. In Memoriaminformation is available here.

Past Rough and Tumble President and Volunteer Coordinator Lewis Frantz passed away January 16th, 2017. In Memoriam information is available here. The good news is that he will be reunited with his loving wife Joy Frantz in heaven. We will certainly miss Louie for all he did for the organization.

Louies funeral will be Tuesday the 24th at St Josephs church, 2935 Kingston Rd, York. 9:30 ~ 11:00 viewing, 11:00 Mass.

The Gift Shop is shipping Rough and Tumble collectors items for the Holidays.  If you would like to order anything from the Gift Shop, please go to the Gift Shop link here and you can pay via PayPal.

We now have the corrected panels for the 2016 show trucks picked up at the reunion. Many of the trailers had a side panel with the 67th reunion which is incorrect. It is my understanding that the trucks that were mailed had the correct panels. The correct panels say the 68th reunion so please check your truck. You can get the panels at the banquet on the 22nd or by sending an email to geraldamyer@frontier.com. I will mail them the correct panels. The panels can be replaced by removing one screw and the frame around the back doors. The email should include your name, mailing address and the number of trucks they purchased.   The last date to order a truck was August 15th. 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.

The Annual Reunion Rehash meeting will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the meeting room.  We encourage members to attend. This is your opportunity to tell us what you  liked, what you didn't and what you would like to see in the future. 

A $10.3 million dollar project to relieve traffic congestion in Gap where Rt. 41 intersects with Rt. 30 is now nearly completed! 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.   

John Deere Days at Rough & Tumble was 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 were Tractor Games and Pony Motor Demonstrations.  On Saturday there was a Kiddy Tractor Pull as well as a Tractor Parade.  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.   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 or attend a board meeting. 

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.

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 or attend a board meeting. 

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.  

Reunion Member Swap Meet, Something New at Rough and Tumble Reunion! Members of Rough and Tumble will be able to sell items in the Tractor building during Reunion. A group of volunteers will be handling the sale and both Members and Visitors will be able to purchase items. This is a great way to find something special to take home from the show. More information will be coming out on the added feature of our 68th Reunion.  For more details, please contact Norman Gay at briehl@hotmail.com.

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.   

The annual Mid-Winter Get-Together was held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 10 am. until 3 pm. in the Model Building. As usual there is no formal program, just a chance to get out of the house and get together with fellow Rough & Tumblers to "chew the fat". Everyone was encouraged to bring models and other projects, complete or not, crafts, any photos from trips or past shows (R & T and elsewhere), videos or other interesting stuff. Photos are available here. 

State Line Machinery, Inc is Middletown DE will be holding an Open House on June 11th with a 45 year collection of equipment.  There will be antique crawler tractors, show trucks, gas pumps, pedal tractors, watch fobs, and numerous other items. Refreshments will be served. More information is available here.

The local Marshall Steam Museum in Delaware will be celebrating Steamin’ Day Birthday Bash at Auburn Heights on June 5th.   In 1916 their Rauch & Lang Electric Car and Stanley Touring Model 725 rolled out of the factory and into the world. Join them for a once-in-a-century birthday celebration for these two historic automobiles. More information is available here.

The IH Spring Show and R&T Tractor Pull will be held at Rough and Tumble Friday May 27th and Saturday May 28th.  Come out and to see all the Red farm equipment running around the grounds and the track.  The show is sponsored by the IHCC of SE PA Chapter #8 International Harvester Collectors Club.  Shown and running were IH Tractors & Equipment Displays, IH Trucks & Scout Displays, Cadet Tractors & Equipment Displays, Stationary Engines & Flea Market.

Rough and Tumble Antique Tractor Pull  
The year’s first event, the Antique Tractor Pull was held April 23rd at Rough and Tumble. Many came out to the pulling track to watch antique gas tractors pulling down the track in spite of early morning showers.  Photos and videos of the event are available to view in the 2016 Year 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. Steam School 2016 is full!

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.  

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. The huge project will carry into into the winter in 2016. 

2/25 Severe storms last night left damage in the area around White Horse PA.   There were trees blown down and buildings damaged.  We were lucky at R&T with no building damage and just a few tree limbs down. National Weather Bureau reports that a tornado came down very close to Rough and Tumble, within 6 miles, and did extensive damage in some areas. This was the first EF2 Tornado to ever hit PA in February which traveled 5 miles, damaged 50 structures, with 8 Million in damage and 125 mph winds. Most of that damage was near the Chester County border, along a five mile stretch of Old Philadelphia Pike.

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. 

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. 

If you would like to make a Donation to Rough and Tumble, we have a link here. We are a unique 501(c)(3) non-profit museum and could always use your support for the many projects we have going on between water infrastructure and equipment restoration among other areas.  You can write off this donation on your taxes.

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. 

12/5 R & T Director and Model Shop Chairman Don Sadler was in the hospital for surgery.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Don and his family for a 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. He is recovering at home.

8/6/15 – It is with deep sadness and loss we inform all that steam enthusiast and long time R & T member A. J. Hamilton of Woodstown, New Jersey passed away in Elmer Hospital last night.  He will be greatly missed by all his R & T friends and family. A.J. Hamilton has been coming to the Threshermen's Reunion since he was 8. He runs his unique 1926, double-cylinder, 60-horsepower Frick steam engine at shows and has been an Instructor in Steam School for many years. A. J’s In Memoriam can be see here. 

The Winner of the John Deere 520 Tractor is  Mark Pennington from Clayton, De.

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. 

WGAL TV Channel 8 visited the 66th Annual Thresherman’s Reunion and did this special story on “Little Toot” you can listen to here.  

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.

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.

The 2015 Poster has been added for viewing and downloading for printing.  You can find the poster here in resources or click on the poster. This year R&T is featuring Rusty Iron, Case, Maytag, and Briggs and Stratton around the grounds in Rough and Tumble at the Threshermen's Reunion August 12 – 15, 2015.

Exhibits include Steam Traction Engines, Antique Tractors, Threshing Machines, Hit & Miss Gas Engines and Large Gas Engines. Ride Two Steam Trains that loop our grounds, Watch the Saw Mill and Shingle Mill in Operation. Visit the Model  Shop, Antique Car Museum, and the Large Stationary Steam Engine Museum. See the featured Displays, Stationary Balers, Antique Wagons and the new Line Shaft Machine Shop. There are many activities for Children including the Children’s Pedal Pull. 

Watch the Blacksmiths pounding Iron, Walk thru the Huge Flea Market. See the large John Deere and IHC Displays, Numerous Craft Displays. Watch our Antique Earth Moving Equipment in Action. See the Daily Parade of Power and the Pageant of Threshing. Enjoy the Good Home Made Food with Plenty of Shade around the grounds.

Evening activities include Tractor Pulls, Steam Games, and Antique Tractor Pulls. 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.  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. 

The Board of Directors has choose the Nominating Committee for 2016 Officers and Directors. Dennis Hornberger is Chairman with Bud Burdy, Nevin Brubaker, John Johnson, and Harvey Bashore 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 for 2016.  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 IH Spring Show and R&T Tractor Pull was held at Rough and Tumble Friday May 22nd and Saturday May 23rd.  Many came out and to see all the Red farm equipment running around the grounds and the track.  The show is sponsored by the IHCC of SE PA Chapter #8 International Harvester Collectors Club.  Shown and running were IH Tractors & Equipment Displays, IH Trucks & Scout Displays, Cadet Tractors & Equipment Displays, Stationary Engines & Flea Market.   

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 jak414@msn.com or download the order form here while still available!

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 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 plus a spectator stand to see the action. 

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 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.  

Kathleen Hazzard, our Advertising and Banquet Chairman will be going under surgery on May 12th. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and her husband Bill for a good surgery and a healing quick recovery. We wanted to thank both Kathleen and Bill for all the time and work they put into Rough and Tumble to make all of our activities safe and successful. Our thoughts and prayers also with Jim Conte and his family as Jim goes through surgery.

The Spring Steam-Up was held May 8th and 9th at Rough and Tumble. We were plowing the adjacent field with Steam Traction Engines which is always great to see these engines working hard. All the buildings were open with exhibits around the grounds. On display and in operation were steam and gas engines, tractors, antique cars, models, saw mill, and Little Toot! You can find the Program here.

The Mid-Winter Get Togetherwas 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.

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.

R & T and Fox Chapel Publishing co-hosted a Wood Working Show during the "Spring Steam Up" on May 9th and May 10th. Classes and demonstrations throughout both days provided expert instruction on wood carving, wood turning, scroll sawing, and more. Manufacturers and tools suppliers exhibited the latest gadgets and gear. For more information visit, www.wood-show.com.  You can see additional information on the woodworking event on our website here. A very interesting must see video of the 2014 Steam-Up and Wood Show is available to view 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.

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. 

Many came out on October 10th and 11th  for our “A Time of Harvest” Show!  This was the final event for the museum and was a chance to see many of the exhibits running for the last time until spring.  We tailor this event for the children.  You could find pumpkin painting, games, kid’s tractor pull and our very popular “needle in the haystack” game.  We button things up following this event.   

We often joke that Rough and Tumble is Lancaster County’s Best Kept Secret.  We always appreciate everyones help in getting the word out that we are here and welcoming people at the gate for a complete day of fun and education at our unique Museum.

The Association is saddened to notify that long time member John McCarter passed away on November 15th, 2014.

Rough and Tumble has several projects that need Volunteer Assistance this year. There are several projects currently in the planning stage for this year. If you have some free time, please come out and help our dedicated staff. The first Saturday of each month is Work Saturday and we can use your help in many areas. You can learn about the projects for 2014 here.    

The Blood Mobile for Rough and Tumble's Joy Frantz Memorial Annual Blood Drive, Central PA Blood Bank (By the Gift Shop) will be onsite Sat  8:30 - 1 PM at A Time of Harvest Shows. Come and visit and give the all important gift of blood.

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 ishere 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 preordered prior to September 1st 2014 and quanities are Limited based on preorders! You may pick up the Truck at Reunion or have it shipped.  

Members of Rough and Tumble will be able to sell items in the Tractor building during Reunion. A group of volunteers will be handling the sale and both Members and Visitors will be able to purchase items. This is a great way to find something special to take home from the show. More information will be coming out on the added feature of our 66th Reunion.  For more details, please contact Norman Gay at  briehl@hotmail.com.

****Rough and Tumble has updated the Where To Stay page on our website under Visitors Info. If you are from out of town and attending one of our shows or just taking a trip to Lancaster County, you can find a variety of places to stay here.

The Waterloo Boys worked on a project for "Across America for Wounded Heroes". On April 26, 2014, a tractor left NJ and is going 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.

R&T will be holding a “Welcome Home!” Party for Ivan, Johnabilt, and all the members of the Across America team on Saturday, September 6th, at Rough and Tumble from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

The Blacksmith School Class Information is posted on the website here.  The class size is limited for the 2 project days Saturday August 30th and Monday September 1st  so sign up today! 

The winners of the Waterloo Boys Raffle are as follows.

1st Prize 1960 John Deere 430S tractor – William Johnson, Quarryville, PA

2nd Prize $200 Cash –  Ronald Matthew, Pittstown, NJ

3rd Prize $100 Cash – Jim Kallatch, Pennsburg, PA

4th Prize $50 Cash – Gerald Kreider, Quarryville, PA

5th Prize $25 Cash – Tom Eaglehaupt, Quincy, OH

The Summer 2014 Whistle is now available to download in the Member Info after signing into the R & T Website. Go to the Member Info to download.

Reunion Member Swap Meet, Something New at Rough and Tumble Reunion! Members of Rough and Tumble will be able to sell items in the Tractor building during Reunion. A group of volunteers will be handling the sale and both Members and Visitors will be able to purchase items. This is a great way to find something special to take home from the show. More information will be coming out on the added feature of our 66th Reunion.  For more details, please contact Norman Gay at  briehl@hotmail.com.

NEWS FLASH!!  The Weather is expected to be GREAT for the Reunion with temps in the 70’s.  Come out and see all the unique equipment running on the grounds. On Saturday morning, 30 Vintage Studebakers will be rolling into Rough and Tumble and on display.  Something extra special to see! 

Volunteers are urgently needed for the 66th Reunion. Experienced Tractor drivers are needed for parking shuttles. Please contact Bill Reber if you can help with shifts at 610 780 5181.

Volunteers are also needed for the R&T Admission Gates.  If you can help at the gate during the days please contact Kathleen Hazzard at 484 624 9064. We expect one of the largest attendance records at the show this year.

Volunteer Coordinator Louie Frantz is available at 717 755 4797 to coordinate volunteer help needed around the grounds for Reunion.

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. In 2016 we will be featuring all types of Steam Tractions Engines for the most ever on on display and running.

New this year, R & T and Fox Chapel Publishing cohosted a Woodworking Show during the "Spring Steam Up" on May 9th and May 10th. Classes and demonstrations throughout both days provided expert instruction on woodcarving, woodturning, scroll sawing, and more. Manufacturers and tools suppliers exhibited the latest gadgets and gear. For more information visit, www.wood-show.com.  You can see additional information on the woodworking event on our website.This event will NOT be held during Blacksmith Days.

The Association is saddened to notify that long time member Wayne Tull passed away January 4th, 2014. He worked with his 6 tractors (all Farmall's) at R&T. As he would say, "if it ain't red don't park it in the shed".  Going to the Kinzer tractor events were of his most cherished memories. Wayne will be missed by his family and other Farmall owners. You can find Wayne's Memoriam on our web site. 

The Association is saddened to notify that long time member Lester Hoffman passed away on April 27th, 2014. Lester created many models over the years and one of the models of his Frick steam traction engine is in the R & T Model Shop.  Lester's family also donated a Frick steam engine to R & T which is still running during show events. You can find Lester's Memoriam on our website.

2013 Photos from all our events 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. 

Farm Collector Magazine published info on Steam Schools given around the country.  They included photos of the Rough and Tumble 2013 Steam School and our R & T School information as part of their yearly school article in their February edition.

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.  

Kathy Hazzard, Secretary and recipient of the R&T Presidents Trophy went through a hip joint replacement. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy as she recovers from the proceedure.

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 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 Association is saddened to notify that long time member Harry Wilson passed away on January 1st, 2014. Harry was an early member of Rough and Tumble and had 3 Oliver Tractors. He had a strong love for Oliver tractors and liked to run and display these at our shows. Harry was very involved with Rough and Tumble and will be missed dearly by his family. You can find Harry's Memoriam on our web site.

 We are also saddened to notify the passing of long time R & T member Robert Reynolds on December 10th. I spoke with his daughter Beverly at;the Reunion this year and she shared with me that Bob was not doing well. Back in September 2007 I filmed Bob and his collection of Allis-Chalmers tractors at R & T. You can find Bob's Memoriam with a video of Bob and his collection on our website.

The Waterloo Boys 2013 Tractor Raffle Winners!

          1959 John Deere 530 Tractor winner Kevin Groff  Quarryville, Pa.

          $200 winner Bill Ailar  Brookville, Ohio

          $100 winner George Oaohler  Somerset, Pa.

          $50  winner  Logan Wolf  Oxford, Pa.

          $25  winner  Shirley Feeney  North East, Md.

New Gift Shop items are also available to now easier purchase on line with a credit card. This project has been in process over several months to incorporate what members and visitors are looking for. The new site allows the R & T web team to easily update the site without being a HTML programmer. Look at the new Polo Shirts available in our Gift Shop. 

Board of Director Meeting Minutes are now available for R & T Members from the Member Infotab on the top right after signing in. Members are invited to attend the Board Meetings listed on the right to keep up with everything going on in the organization. If you can not attend, you can read the Meeting Minutes highlights from our Monthly Meetings from January 2013 forward. Also available isThe Whistle, ByLaws, and Commitee Contacts.

One of R & T Founding Members, Elias S. Beiler passed away July 5th 2013. He was was 87.

 A new Link Page has just been added to the Web Site for Clubs, Guides, and Resources. The links area will continue to grow. 

The 2014 Nominating Committee for Rough and Tumble for 2014 Officers and Directors was voted in at the 6/7/13 Board Meeting. Gary Ravert is Chairman with Ted Casey, John Johnson, Jerry Myer, and Dave Payeur on the committee. We are always looking for R & T Members that have the time to Join the Board and help manage the growth of our active organization. If you have an interest or questions, please speak with Dave, Ted, John, Jerry, or Gary regarding joining the R & T Board. 

The new July 2013 Whistle is available to Download and and read in the members area. Members can log in with their email and password and receive the new July Issue.

The 65th Annual Threshermen's Reunion Truck is now available to order. It feature's John Deere 520 and 720 tractors on a Rough and Tumble Flatbed Truck. This 1/64 scale model commemorative collectors edition truck is MADE IN THE USA  by the Penjoy Company. Supplies are limited and orders must be postmarked no later than August 17th. They are available to be picked up at the gift shop or shipped to your address. The truck is no longer available.

The new July 2013 Whistle is available to Download and and read in the members area. Members can log in with their email and password and receive the new July Issue.

Nevin Brubacker, R & T Chairman of Buildings and Maintanance went through a hip joint replacement and is recovering nicely.

All of us at Rough and Tumble would like to thank Jacob Merriweather for designing and maintaining the previous site since its creation in 1999. Jacob has taken hundreds of photos of all the events at R & T and posted them with details taking countless volunteer hours. Thank you Jacob!  We appreciate all you have done over the years for Rough and Tumble.

Nevin Brubacker, R & T Chairman of Buildings and Maintanance will is going through a hip joint replacement. All of us wish Nevin a  successful surgery and a quick recovery. Nevin has been very active for many years at Rough and Tumble  and also with alot of the upkeep that a large amount of building and equipment requires on our grounds. 

Rough and Tumble will be bringing several Steam Traction Engines to the Spring Plowing Show April 27th and 28th in Kutztown, PA for spring plowing. More details are available at oldtimeplowboys.com.

Cabin Fever Expo starts at it's new dates at the York, PA Fairgrounds April 12-14th. Rough and Tumble Representatives will be there. More details are available on their site at cabinfeverexpo.com.

Quilt Raffle at Time of Harvest

A generous member of Rough and Tumble has fashioned a quilt of Rough and Tumble T-Shirts. It is a beautiful quilt that can be used as a bed topper or a wall hanging. Tickets are available in the gift shop $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The quilt will be raffled off on October 13th, 2012.
 
Annual Membership Banquet
The annual membership banquet will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the White Horse Fire Company. The Annual membership meeting is to begin at 5:00 p.m. at the same location. As we have been doing the last few years, door prize of Rough and Tumble memorabilia will be awarded throughout the evening. As of this posting, entertainment has not been obtained; an update will be posted as soon as the committee has secured entertainment.
 
Gift Shop Renovations
Please stop by our recently renovated gift shop. We have added several new items and made the shop more accessible.
 
Reunion Re-Hash Meeting
The annual meeting to discuss the pro's and con's of the 2012 Thresherman's Reunion will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the meeting room.
 
08/09/12
NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING YOUR TOY ORDER FORM HAS BEEN EXTENDED ONE WEEK TO AUGUST 17TH.
2012 Show Toy Available Until August 17, 2012 - The 2012 Rough and Tumble 1/64 scale diecast metal truck commemorates the 64th Annual Thresherman's Reunion. This year's truck features a IHC Tractors. 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 Lancaster County, PA. The order form includes aspecial offer for the purchase of one of the remaining stock of 1997 show trucks, also featuring IHC. We have the order form available as a pdf file. Orders must be postmarked no later than August 17, 2012!Click here to download the order form. ACT NOW IF YOU WANT THIS TRUCK!
 
Blacksmith School Schedule and Registration Form Posted -
The schedule and application form for the 2012 Blacksmith School at Rough and Tumble has been posted. The school will be held Saturday September 1st and Monday September 3rd, 2012. Complete information on each day's project and requirements for participation is available as a PDF file available here. Each day's class fills on a first come, first served basis, so sign up right away if you wish to attend.
 
John Deere Show Raffle Results
Here is the list of winners of the Waterloo Boys Raffle -
 

David Brown from Rittman, OH won the John Deere 420 W.
Neil Goldade from Rapid City, SD won $200.
Stephen Knorr from Odessa, DE won $100.
P. Bouchard from South Amboy, NJ won $50.
Boyd Straley from Mercersburg, PA won $25.

05/09/12
Blood Bank at Steam-Up - The South Central Pa. Blood Bank will have the Blood Mobile at the Spring Steam-Up Show this Saturday from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM for the Joy Frantz Memorial Blood Drive. The Blood Mobile will be at the gate adjacent to the Gift Shop. Please donate if you can.
 
02/26/12
Schedule Update - The schedule of 2012 has been posted. Note that the specific event schedules have been updated as to dates, but changes from last year's individual event schedules have not yet been made. Any such changes will be made when they are received by the individual event chairpersons.

09/22/11
Banquet Tickets (From Kathy Hazzard) -
Tickets for the October 29 R & T Annual Banquet are now available. The cost this year is $13.50 each (the hall raised the prices again this year). Requests can be mailed to:
    Kathleen Hazzard
    577 A Street
    King of Prussia, PA 19406
and tickets will also be available at the October work day and the Time of Harvest. For more Annual Banquet information click here. For Time of Harvest information click here.
 
2011 Reunion Re-Hash (from Kathy Hazzard) -
The 2011 Annual Threshermen's Reunion Re-Hash meeting will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2011 at 9:00 a.m in the new meeting room.
 
Thanks to All Reunion Admissions Volunteers (from Kathy Hazzard) -
A Sincere and Heartfelt Thank You to all of the faithful ladies and gentlemen who come forth willingly every year to work the admission gates, most for several hours each and every day. Without dedicated volunteers like you this show would not be the success that is has been for 63 years and counting.
Thank you!
Kathy Hazzard
Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association
 
Small Gas Engine Exhibitor Guidelines (from Kathy Hazzard) -
Guidelines for exhibiting in the Small Gas Engine area during Threshermen Reunions have been posted. The guidelines are permanently linked from our Thresherman's Reunion page (also available via "Exhibitor Info" in the left menu column), and directly by clicking here.
 
09/16/11
Steam School 2012
Rough & Tumble Steam School - Kinzers, Pa.
May 19, 2012, and June 2, 2012.
Steam School tuition is $75, which includes school materials. Enrollment is limited to Rough & Tumble members. New members must join prior to school due to insurance regulations to operate equipment on the R&T grounds. The school is limited to the first 27 applicants, age 14 and over and school fills quickly. Applications are accepted only at the "Time of Harvest" show October 14th and 15th.
Emphasis is placed on safety, maintenance, operation, and the hands-on experience. Class time is limited to half of the first day, with remaining time dedicated to practical, hands-on operation, including cleaning, inspection, maintenance, and operation of numerous steam traction engines. Operating and conditions permitting, students also may operate 2 railroad engines (The Shay and Little Toot) as well as a Buffalo Springfield steam roller and a large variety of steam traction equipment. This gives students the widest experience available to operate steam equipment, unique to Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association.
For more information contact:
    John Johnson
    e-mail:steamschool@comcast.net
    Rough and Tumble: 717-442-4249
 
2012 Brochure Available -
Rough and Tumble's 2012 Brochure is available as a downloadable PDF file. Click here.
 
08/26/11
Waterloo Boys 2011 John Deere Raffle Results
 

1. John Deere 530    Emma Heller    Aspers, PA.
2. $200.00 Kurt Schubert Oxford, NJ.
3. $100.00 Randy Bair Littlestown, PA.
4. $ 50.00 Andrew Gerber Edinburg, PA.
5 $ 25.00 Ron Smith Addison, NY.

  
06/15/11
2011 Show Toy Available Until August 10, 2011

The 2011 Rough and Tumble 1/64 scale diecast metal truck commemorates the 63rd Annual Thresherman's Reunion. This year's truck features a Huber, Silver King, Empire theme and Associated Engines. 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 Lancaster County, PA. The new trucks may be purchased for $47.17 (plus PA tax if delivered in PA) plus shipping (unless you are picking it up at the factory in Mount Joy). We have the order form available as a pdf file. Orders must be postmarked no later than August 10, 2011! Click here to download the order form.
Gift Shop Update - Items no longer available have been deleted from our on-line Gift Shop pages.
 
05/31/11
Blacksmith Days Update - Details, including a photo of this year's project, have been posted for the upcoming Blacksmith Days, June 10 and 11. Admission is free. Click the link in the 2011 Schedule page or go directly by clicking here.
 
05/03/11
IMPORT CHANGE FOR TRACTOR PULLS (from Steve Koser) -
(I regret that this notice is so late. Steve emailed this info to me April 19th and I did not check it until today. JM)

THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE FOR ALL TRACTOR PULLERS IN THE CLASSES FOR 4,500 POUNDS AND SMALLER. FOR ALL OF THESE TRACTORS, THE MAXIMUM DRAWBAR HEIGHT IS 16". SEE RULE 7 ON THE 2011 TRACTOR PULL REGULATIONS PAGE. THESE RULES APPLY FOR ALL 2011 PULLS, INCLUDING THE UPCOMING SPRING STEAM-UP MAY 13 AND 14.
(Click here.)

Spring Steam-up Date - The Spring Steam-up is May 13 and 14.
 
02/28/11
Committee Chairpersons Updated - The list of chairpersons has been updated for 2011. See "Committees" under "Organization" in the left menu column or click here.
    
Mid-Winter Get-Together 2011
The Nineteenth annual Mid-Winter Get-Together will be held onSaturday, February 12, 2011 from 10 am. until 3 pm. in the Model Building. As usual there is no formal program, just a chance to get out of the house and get together with fellow Rough & Tumblers to "chew the fat". Everyone is encouraged to bring models and other projects, complete or not, crafts, any photos from trips or past shows (R & T and elsewhere), videos or other interesting stuff. The Blacksmiths plan to have their forge and pot bellied stove fired up also. Lunch is bring-your-own with coffee, donuts, soda, chips and cookies provided. The Blacksmiths will be hosting a "pot-luck" lunch so bring a food dish and join them at the Blacksmith Shop. You won't go away hungry. Video equipment will be available, and we will have the heater in the Model Building and the stove in the Blacksmith shop fired up for your comfort.
So, shake off those winter blues, and come on out! The snow date will be Saturday, February 19.