Andy Selfe reports on a rare engine rescue in South Africa involving an 1895 Crossley and a Blackstone ‘Stamford’ stone mill.
Well-known collector of larger engines and prize-winning restored tractors from Stilbaai in the Southern Cape, Kobus Groenewald recently heard of an 1895 Crossley and big, 30-inch Blackstone ‘Stamford’ stone-mill on a farm in the Central Karoo.
Kobus, having a plant-hire business, has no shortage of lifting and carrying equipment, so he followed-up the lead and collected the engine and mill, both of which were deeply set into 110-year-old concrete.
The owner, Pieter Theron, said the engine (serial number 1145), had arrived on the farm, having been transported there by boat, train and ox-wagon, in 1910. It then served the neighbouring farmers who had their wheat milled there for many years.
It has spent the past 80 years forgotten and completely covered in Lucerne. Pieter is now delighted that the engine and mill have gone to an interested person with a museum, and that it will be preserved and brought back to running order.
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