Plant & Machinery

  • 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…

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