Plant & Machinery

  • A wonderful engine display

    A wonderful engine display

    Chris Graham on 28th March 2020

    Barry Job pays tribute to Phil Jefferies’ wonderful engine display, which really exemplifies the value of going the extra mile.

  • Commer Fire Engines

    Commer Fire Engines

    Chris Graham on 27th March 2020

    Ron Henderson tells the tale of the Rootes Group’s early post-war move into Commer Fire Engines market.

  • Oddball Stuart Turner engine

    Oddball Stuart Turner engine

    Chris Graham on 10th March 2020

    Stephen Williams has his interest peaked by an oddball Stuart Turner engine he spotted on social media recently

  • Classic plant working weekend

    Classic plant working weekend

    Chris Graham on 10th March 2020

    Jane Brooks shares thoughts and photos from the second, annual classic plant working weekend, which fascinated the spectators who gathered in South Warwickshire last summer.

  • Delving in the digging archives

    Delving in the digging archives

    Chris Graham on 9th March 2020

    Nick Baldwin goes delving in his digging archives, this time in search of the French make, Willeme, among other interesting vehicles.

  • Classic tractors working hard

    Classic tractors working hard

    Chris Graham on 7th March 2020

    Sarah Waspe meets an enthusiast with a long tradition of farming in his family, and a liking for keeping his classic tractors working hard.

  • Classic digging and craning

    Classic digging and craning

    Chris Graham on 28th February 2020

    Another look deep into the archives, to unearth some fascinating photographs of digging, craning and dumping from a personal collection.

  • The brilliance of Brunel

    The brilliance of Brunel

    Chris Graham on 20th February 2020

    The brilliance of Isambard Kingdom Brunel is celebrated at London’s Brunel Museum, which documents the great man’s first and last projects.

  • Exploring the polar regions

    Exploring the polar regions

    Chris Graham on 16th February 2020

    Exploring the polar regions is incredibly tough and unforgiving on both man and machines, Ed Burrows recounts some of the earliest, mechanised expeditions.

  • Allis-Chalmers HD-6 crawler

    Allis-Chalmers HD-6 crawler

    Chris Graham on 3rd February 2020

    The Allis-Chalmers HD-6 crawler launched in 1955, with high expectations which, as Paul Tofield explains, were proved thoroughly justified.

  • Agricultural developments: 1959

    Agricultural developments: 1959

    Chris Graham on 23rd January 2020

    It’s 1959 a new decade is about to be born and the latest agricultural developments are revealed at the Smithfield Show in December, as Tony Hoyland explains. Business was thriving for Roadless Traction Ltd, which was exhibiting its four-wheel-drive conver­sion…

  • Cooper-Stewart portable shearing set

    Cooper-Stewart portable shearing set

    Chris Graham on 23rd January 2020

    Pete Barker tells the tale of the purchase and restoration of a Cooper-Stewart portable shearing set Pete Barker’s restored Cooper-Stewart portable shearing set I have a strange passion for smaller engines powering machinery that would have commonly been used in peoples’…

  • End of season crank-up in Wales

    End of season crank-up in Wales

    Chris Graham on 22nd January 2020

    Alan & Lynne Cullen report from the End of Season Crank-Up at the Internal Fire Museum of Power, Wales The first of the visiting engines we encountered was this little Blackstone, commonly referred to as a ‘Blister’ engine At 6am…