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Wanted - Old Implements

11th September 2007

The Sandstone Heritage Trust is unusual in the sense that it collects and restores old farm implements. Our plan is to try to put together as comprehensive a cross-section of implements as might have been in use on South African farms over the past 100-years. If you know of any old rusty implements lying around please let us know before the scrap dealer gets them. Please contact Mike Myers on 082 990 1492.

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Lagerplaats Dam

11th September 2007

7th April 2008


During 2007 the dam wall was raised at Lagerplaats dam... in additional other remedial work was done. Here is the end result.

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11th September 2007


It is good when a plan comes together...

We have covered the construction of the new dam wall and causeway at Lagerplaats Dam on our web site. A feature of this construction was the use of ancient earth moving plant and machinery, such as our 1939 Scammell Dump Truck. Anyway, the project is completed, the dam is nearly full, and our pictures tell the story.

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How far back can your mind reach?

25th August 2007

The Sandstone Heritage Trust has recently received a very original ox wagon of the type used by the earliest pioneers who moved northwards from the Cape over 200-years ago.  While our heritage activities are very often perceived to be preoccupied by steam and by vintage and classic agricultural machinery we actually aspire to reach even further back.  The fact that we have trained Afrikaner oxen to work with a wagon like this supports our living heritage philosophy in a very significant way.

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Oom Jannie does it again!

23rd August 2007

Oom Jannie du Toit
, who was single-handedly responsible for restoring virtually all the tractors in the International Farmall and McCormick Deering collection at the Sandstone Heritage Trust, has done it again.

Long after retiring to the coast he is still more than capable in his 70's of restoring a tractor. Here is his latest bit of handiwork. A beautifully restored Farmall Cub but with a unique grader blade feature. This is certainly a grader with a tiny carbon footprint.

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HTN 213 - The Sandstone Heritage Trust has two Star drilling machines... perhaps its time to restore them?

5th June 2007

 
Our thanks to ANDY SELFE for these wonderful old pictures.

Here's a blow-up of a tiny snapshot of the Star (?) drilling rig that Andy got from the late oom Niel Loubser's belongings.
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I think that's the steam version and that the engine is behind and to the right of the steel tower. He told me years ago that it is his father Gysbert Loubser in the dark clothes, and that the girl was a miss Beukes. The drilling was going on on oom Gys' property, Dewhurst, just beyond my workshop on the LHS. This picture below I've had for some time.
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Two Freestate micrometers hanging from the machine, I see ;-) He couldn't remember the name of the driller.

There are several pictures of this towed harvester.
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I think he said that it was John Deere, and that it was particularly wide (17 '?) for its time. It was working in the Caledon area.

Impressive load behind a Johnny Popper, 'mied pak' or stacking the sheaves.
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Oom Niel had a terrible stammer, so add that to the fact he spoke Afrikaans, I always found him difficult to understand. But his daughter-in-law says he was always excited when I came to work on tractors, etc on the farm and always enjoyed coming to the workshop and 'helping' me, and never missed a chance to bring out a tray with coffee. I always used to rag him about the great 'service at this Cafe', referring to the fact that he owned the Bio-cafe in the village when we were at school!

His dad also owned the Forest Hotel here in the village, and amongst oom Niel's things have surfaced all the plans for the hotel, along with a brochure for the hotel saying it was AA & RAC approved, and a menu!

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HTN 212 - It's countdown time for the huge Trator event taking place at Cooley

31st May 2007


It's countdown time for the huge Trator event taking place at Cooley (Between Dublin and Belfast) on Aug 5 2007.

South Africa will be well represented. The Sandstone Heritage Trust will be exhibiting 5 tractors. Our picture shows our John Deere Hi -crop 60 arriving in Europe. We are happy to support an event which if succesful will see more than 2400 pre 1977 tractors working together to break the world record which has become an institutionalised International Event, which originally started in South Africa back in 1999!

>>>For full details check http://www.cooleyvintagefestival.ie/entryform.htm

You are invited to join the South African delegation competing in the World Vintage and Classic Tractor event in Ireland on 5th August 2007. Known as the Cooley Vintage Festival this event will attempt to place more than 2,400 pre 1977 tractors in one field at one time to break the World Record. As is internationally known this event was started in 1999 at Sandstone Estates in the Eastern Free State at an event known as the Great 100 Working.
The Cooley web site is www.cooleyvintagefestival.ie. Our own web site www.sandstone-estates.com is also being updated regularly with details of this event.

If you would like to come and wave the flag for South Africa join us for the day.

Yours,

Wilfred Mole
 
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HTN 211 - A glimpse of our rich agricultural Heritage

With thanks to Andy Selfe, here are the two postcards he was given by the son of the old man who passed away a few months ago, an Oom Niel Loubser, Grandson of L.H. Fick, Ysbrandskop, Caledon. He was an agent for Ransomes Sims and Jefferies, until the agency was taken over by I. Newmark.
 
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This came to me from oom Niel Loubser, grandson of Ransomes Agent for the Caledon (Cape) area, L H Fick, of the farm Ysbrandskop, near Caledon.
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Regarding a date, James Walton's book 'Portable Corn-mills in South Africa' states that when L H Fick died in 1928, J A Goodwyn, a director of Ransomes Sims and Jefferies wrote to S Fick, a son of L H Fick:

'Referring to the trade which was done in the Caledon district in our Thrashing Machinery by the late F (sic) H Fick, after due consideration we have decided that our interests in that district must be placed in the hands of a merchant, and we have therefore appointed Mr I Newmark, who we understand co-operated with Mr L H Fick for many years, as our Agent for Thrashing Machines for the provinces of Caledon, Bredasdorp and Swellendam.

'In advising you of this arrangement, we should like to take the opportunity of expressing to you our high esteem in which we held your late father, and the appreciation we shall always retain of his splendid efforts in the trade of our machinery.'

There are records of Ransomes machinery being despatched to L H Fick, for example Portable Mill No 1467, still at Stormsvlei near Swellendam, as early as 1903.

The inscription on this printer's block is 'Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies', the name that the firm assumed in 1884. So we can assume that the block was made between 1884 and 1928. Perhaps someone can be more specific, regarding the unusual positioning of a Pickering type governor at the flywheel end of the cylinder?

The South African Agents for Ransomes Sims and Jefferies were (from Walton's book):
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HTN 208 - Offloading the container en-route to Ireland

9th May 2007

The container of tractors which will participate in the Irish World Record attempt has arrived in the United Kingdom. The pictures show Phil Upshall, one of the UK's most experienced vintage tractor collectors and enthusiasts, assisting with the offloading of the Marshall 18-30, the Field Marshall Series III, and the Emerson Brantingham Big 4-20. These tractors will travel by road from the UK to Ireland prior to the event.
 
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HTN 198 - South Africa agrees to participate in Irish World Record Attempt

 

On 5th August 2007 Ireland will be hosting another attempt at the World Record for vintage and classic tractors. Modelled on the original World Record attempt held at Sandstone Estates in 1999, this event will attempt to exceed the number of tractors deployed by the United Kingdom last year.
There is some confusion relating to the definition of what is a participating machine, and the Irish have therefore agreed that a cut-off date of 1976 will be enforced.
Within this definition the Irish would need to field 1004 tractors pre 1976 in order to take the World Record.

The debate over what constitutes a viable World Record will undoubtedly continue but John Hanlon, who initiated the event, and his excellent and well motivated group of event organisers are adamant that they intend to stick to the rules and make this a genuine heritage event rather than just an attempt to get as many tractors of whatever age they can into one field at one time.

The Sandstone Heritage Trust response to this is very positive. A number of tractors have already been shipped. Two of these, the Emerson Brantingham Big 4-20 and the General Ordnance (GO) tractor, both participated in the Australian World Record attempt at Cootamundra and will effectively fly the flag for South Africa . A Field Marshall Series III, a Hart Parr 18-36, and a Marshall 18-30 complete the line-up of machines that will potentially participate in the event.

We call upon all men and women of goodwill within the vintage tractor movement worldwide to support the Irish attempt and if possible to be there in person, and even better still to take your tractor with you.
   
For further details contact:
 
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Sunday 05 August
Cooley Show
County Louth, Republic of Ireland.
Guinness world record attempt - Irish Vintage Tractor Working Challenge.
The Holiday Company, Manchester, Tel: 08454 303 404.
Weekend trip (Sat & Sun two nights) Carrickdale Hotel and Leisure Complex.
Contact The Secretary, Rob Rushen-Smith. Tel or Fax: 01394 275120
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See our main advert page here
 
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HTN 197 - The Sandstone Heritage Trust Marshall MP6 is complete!

23rd March 2007

After seven years the Sandstone Heritage Trust Marshall MP6 is complete.

The 1958 Field Marshall MP6, Serial No. 15939, is now complete and working. Chris Wilson handled the restoration with the assistance of others. Our particular thanks go to Chris for all his hard work and to Charles Viljoen and Zach van Staden for their assistance.

An admirable edition to the Sandstone Heritage Trust Vintage Tractor & Engine collection.
 
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HTN 194 - Dorset Steam Fair August 29 - September 2 2007 - 40th anniversary - Tractors wanted!

20th March 2007

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Contact:
Scott Lambert
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t: 01959 543502 (Direct)
Kelsey Publishing Group
Cudham Tithe Barn
Berry's Hill
Cudham
Kent
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t: 01959 541444 (Switchboard)
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HTN 193 - We felt we should share this with our vintage tractor friends

20th March 2007

We felt we should share this with our vintage tractor friends...
 
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HTN 189 - The Rhys Rolfe / Rhys Evans Tractor collection comes to Sandstone.

12th March 2007

As a result of an agreement entered into between the Sandstone Heritage Trust and the Rhys Evans Group the wonderful collection of tractors assembled over many years by Rhys Rolfe, who is a doyen of the South African
farming scene, will be incorporated into the Sandstone Heritage Trust tractor collection. Much the same way as the superb collection of International Harvester products which had been assembled by Jannie du Toit in the Western Cape were incorporated, so the rhys Rolfe collection will be merged and displayed.

The collection will maintain its identify and there will be some rationalisation between the current collection and Rhys Rolfe's collection. However, there are not many duplicates. The collection incorporates many
outstanding tractors which have been lovingly looked after over many years. Rhys is retiring during 2007 and the idea is that his tractors will be viewed by a wider audience and that he will be able to participate in activities involving his machines on a regular basis.

Our photographs show one of the many loads that are currently being assembled in Viljoenskroon for transport to Hoekfontein in the Eastern Free
State.
 
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HTN 187 - Article linked to our teff seeder, with thanks to Jerry Evans!

We recently put up a picture of an interesting item which we were trying to identify. The answer came back quickly - it is a teff seeder. Jerry Evans has submitted the attached article which is well worth reading. Apologies for our international web site readers for the fact that it is in Afrikaans. It would not work if we tried to translate it anyway.
 
 

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HTN 186 - Kelsey tour group has a successful visit to the Sandstone Heritage Trust

22nd February 2007

The Tractor & Machinery Holiday Club group, part of the Kelsey Publishing organisation group of companies, visited Sandstone Estates as part of their extensive tour of heritage facilities in South Africa. Members of the group included citizens from the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand. The group arrived on Sunday morning (18th) and were invited to participate in a wide variety of ongoing activities. Traction engines, a Sentinel S4 Steam lorry, vintage tractors, traditional Afrikaner oxen, and of course the well-known Sandstone Narrow Gauge 2-ft railway were all in operation. We were impressed by the way in which members of this tour group got involved and participated in many aspects of the weekend's activities.

Probably for many the highlight of the day was the double headed Garratt, NGG 16, No. 153 and the NGG 13, No. 49, hauled mixed freight train which left Hoekfontein Station at 17h30 for a complete trip around the entire system. Photographic conditions were good but the train did return after dark due to a broken coupling that had to be sorted out en route.

Fortunately the visitors took all these things in their stride and being collectors and preservationists themselves appreciated the fact that many of the items that they were enjoying were well over 100-years old.
Our thanks to all who participated and particularly the Sandstone Estates management and staff who worked tirelessly to ensure that this particular group enjoyed what was on offer.

The combined expansion of Pretoria to the south and Johannesburg to the north have almost entirely surrounded the farm with high density housing. However, life goes on very much as it did 40-years ago. Our picture shows the group posing in front of a Field Marshall Series II, an Emerson Brantingham Big 4-20, and a Field Marshall Series III. A Massey Ferguson 35 is obscured from view.

A working demonstration was given. Charles Viljoen is shown on a John Deere Model A and Wilfred Mole on a Field Marshall Series III. The group has now completed their tour of South Africa and are on their way
home.
 
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HTN 183 - Fascinating piece of British Agricultural history

1st February 2007

We appeal to our web site readers to provide us with further detail on the company and on the implement. This cultivator is in remarkably good condition but we cannot remember where we got it from because it is certainly not a well-known manufacturer.

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History - John Wilder
James Wilder (1789-1869) took on the Yield Hall Foundry in Reading in 1810. His sons, James and John inherited the business, and John gave his name to the later styling of the firm.
As well as general foundry work, this business became mainly a manufacturer of agricultural implements and machines. They were known especially for their chaff cutters and for harvesting implemenys. After the First World War the firm's pitch-pole hay gatherers and hay loaders gained it renewed celebrity.
The death of John Wilder in 1903 without male heirs led to the firm's being taken on by his cousins in Wallingford, who were in business as R. J. & H. Wilder, The Fish Foundry, Wallingford. In 1935 the two firms were merged as John Wilder Ltd.
 
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Subject: HTN 183 - Fascinating piece of British Agricultural history
Date: 06 February 2007 3:00:58 AM
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Joanna

I am am not an expert but regarding the request for info on the Wilder agri implement the following book & Web addresses may be of use

Men of Iron, story of John Wilder Ltd. foundry & ploughing engine...

http://www.steamscenes.org.uk/?pc=/engines/wilder/ploughing-engine/1/ http://www.steamploughclub.org.uk/index.htm


Cheers

Rupert Coomber

 
 
 
 

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HTN 182 - More vintage farm equipment in line for restoration?

1st February 2007

I wonder if my turn in the restoration department will ever come?

 

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HTN 181 - British tractor challenge for Wiltshire air ambulance and Wales air ambulance

1st February 2007

Saturday 20th January @ Lackham College Lacock Chippenham Wilts, thanks to Lyn Collingborn

The British Tractor Challenge 2006
Presentation of Cheques to Wiltshire & Wales Air Ambulance
Saturday 20th January 20074pm Saturday 20th January 2007 at Lackham College Chippenham Wilts

Chairman of the Tractor Challenge 2006, Mr Doug Newton, opens the presentation by welcoming all to Lackham College;
On behalf of the Challenge Committee he thanked:
Pete Murton of the 9th Supply regiment Buckley Barracks for the use of the airfield and their help and support.
Mr John Eavis and his family for the use of his field also the other local farmers whose land we used for parking etc.
Wiltshire Police, Matt Armstrong PS, from Malmsbury division, was totally unflappable and did everything in his power to make the event as safe and secure as possible with out taking the fun away, even when there was a threat that the M4 would come to a grinding halt he was still smiling.
Dave Hooker, whose large donation gave the challenge a great jump-start?
Bernie Fishlock, Whose field layout has now been adopted by other challenges worldwide.
John Dixon, of Lackham College who did not realise what he let himself in for, when he told John Collingborn, “no problem we restore a tractor every year”
Gill, Garth & Gary Wilson. From South Africa who came over for 10 day’s just to help and support the challenge, and did everything from empting the loo’s, to setting up the site.
Tractor & Machinery Magazine, who donated Matilda, a Fergie T20 for our raffle prize that we took around the country promoting the challenge.
Geoff Sheering, from Grapevine charity, who spent many, many hours chasing around the country, to make our outstanding DVD of the challenge the success it is.
All the companies, clubs, associations, and individuals, that supported and believed in us.
The people and transport companies, who brought load after load to the challenge, for no reward other that to be part of the greatest agricultural event this world has ever seen.

OUR SPONSORS, Richard Sivil of Vapormatic who has given more than we ever hoped for, not only with the parts to restore poor old George, but world wide advertising, promotion, and constant support to Lyn & John Collingborn and there team.
Each and every sponsor gave all they could to make this challenge the success it is. And for that we thank them all from the bottom of our hearts…………
Mr Chairman then handed over to Richard Sivil of Vapormatic, who spoke emotionally about the challenge, and how John Collingborn had phone him and said “ Vapormatic need’s to be involved in the rebuild of poor old George, an old Fordson Power Major, That had been given to the challenge by George Walker of Norfolk. And was in need of a little restoration? After which it would be the draw prize for a one lucky driver in the challenge. He will never get over the shock when his first saw poor old George at Lackham College.

Richard finished by saying that, everywhere he looked whilst he was taking part in the challenge driving Wyndham Mullins International 634 he could see smiling faces, seven months after the challenge, countrywide people are still reliving the challenge and still smiling…

Over to John Dixon
John Dixon of Lackham College spoke of the rebuild of poor old George, once again saying that John Collingborn was a good sales man, John C told him also, that he had a tractor that needed a little restoration!! When he met the challenge team at Pewsey show, Poor Old George was displayed on the lorry, “he say’s he felt his colour draining away as he first set eyes on this Fordson Power Major” Well he guessed that’s what it was once!! WHAT had he done!, In true British spirit.

On the 10th February 2006 at about 3am John Dixon started up poor old George to a round of applause from a team of Lackham student and lectures that had worked with out a stop for 20hour to
Restore poor old George to his former glory, what a sight.

John Dixon finished by saying “ that he felt a little emotional at the tractor challenge” and was very proud to be part of the tractor challenge.Page 2 The British Tractor Challenge 2006
Presentation of Cheques to Wiltshire & Wales Air Ambulance

 

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Stephanie Evenden with Tracey Edwards from Wiltshire Air Ambulance By kind permission of Joseph Lewis.

 

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John & Lyn Collingborn with Madalyn & Mervyn Thomas from Wales air ambulance With kind permission of Joseph Lewis

 

Saturday 20th January 2007
Cont;
Derek Taylor, the Commentator at the challenge, invited Tracey Edwards from Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Madelyn and Mervyn Thomas from Wales Air Ambulance to come forward to accept the cheques of the money raised on behalf of the British Tractor Challenge 2006.
The challenge secretary Mrs Stephanie Evenden presented both air ambulances with a cheque for £8,540.00 each..
Both charities gave a short thank you speech, and thanked each and everyone who supported the challenge in turn raising much needed money to keep the air ambulances flying.
Derek then presented Stephanie Evendon and Shirley Mullins with a bouquet of flowers to thank them for being Lynda’s left and right hand during the challenge…
Derek finished by thanking all for coming, also all that supported the event, John and Lynda Collingborn and their team.
The company known, as the British Tractor Challenge 2006 will now be closed,The British Tractor Challenge 2006 raised £58,394
Cost to stage the event £41,714
Donation to our two charities £16,680The Challenge also donated money to help rebuild burnt out children’s nursery in Hullavington village £500.00 to compensate for any inconvenience incurred during the event..

 

British Tractor Challenge 2006 - Statistics

Total registered tractors: 2141

Age of Tractors

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Avgerage age (mean): 1968Horsepower
Total HP 129,747
Average HP 61Miscellaneous statistics
Vintage Tractors (30yrs+) 1557
Ferguson T20s with plough 194

Manufacturer Totals

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HTN 180 - Another teaser for our readers

1st February 2007

We could not for the life of ourselves work out what this machine does!

Our picture shows Terry Reilly, the General Manager of Sandstone, with this particular hand operated implement.

Any ideas?

Email the webmistress>>>

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Subject: I think I know what this implement is supposed to do!
Date: 03 February 2007 2:32:09 PM
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Dink dit kan dalk 'n ou tef-saaier wees?

-----Original Message-----
From: Rhys Rolfe
Sent: 07 February 2007 03:39
To: joannewest
Subject: RE: Emailing: SSE Week 25th Jan 07 049, SSE Week 25th Jan 07 048

Dear Wilf,

Sorry this is an old Teff planter. The seed box fitted on the two handles,
and the plate with the holes in it was used to adjust the amount of seed
applied. The little curved arm at the end of the plate with the holes used
to fit into a chain which moved back and forth under the seeder box applying
the seed.

Best regards,

Rhys

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