Old engines still chugging

KEEN: Young engine enthusiast James Allison displayed his vertical engine at the Border Flywheelers Club annual rally.

KEEN: Young engine enthusiast James Allison displayed his vertical engine at the Border Flywheelers Club annual rally.

VINTAGE engine enthusiasts had the chance to explore and exhibit at the Border Flywheelers Club annual rally in Barham at the weekend.

Folks came from across the region to enjoy reconstructed tractors, hay balers, steam engines and ploughs.

Miniature tractor-pulls and miniature remote control yachts also formed part of the attractions, and rally organiser Colin Lloyd demonstrated the operation of a 1930s hay baler for crowds.

"We're quite happy with what we've got [on display] here," he said.

The theme this year was anything that digs.

"Combines, cultivators, and front end loaders are all something we've featured this year," Mr Lloyd said.

"We've also got a bit of irrigation stuff over there so people can see something different," he said.

Enthusiasts ranged from those in their advanced years to the very young, including 11-year-old exhibitor James Allison, who brought his Ronaldson Tippett Type N vertical engine.

"I like old engines. I know how they work," he said.

"We've been coming up every year. I'm a member [of the Border Flywheelers], and Dad is a member. I do the tractor pull too," he said.

For a different kind of engine, Mark Trebly of Albury brought his collection of vintage shearer's and bushman's bicycles.

"My interest is old pushbikes ridden by shearers and rural workers. It's an unusual aspect of past Australian rural people's lives that is not very well known," he said.

The weekend also included full catering for anyone who camped overnight in order to attend the rally.

Work for the 2019 rally will begin almost immediately. 

"It takes virtually 12 months [to plan]," Mr Lloyd said.

"Hopefully with what we've got up our sleeve ... we've got an even better one next year," he said.

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