Antique Equipment on Display at Association's Reunion

Fri July 21, 2017 - Northeast Edition #15
Construction Equipment Guide

A Bucyrus-Erie 19-B shovel owned by Joseph Herzog in Philadelphia, Pa.
A Bucyrus-Erie 19-B shovel owned by Joseph Herzog in Philadelphia, Pa.

While Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association's Annual Threshermen's Reunion — Aug. 16 to 19, 2017 in Kinzers, Pa. — is usually known for its steam engines, early gas tractors and threshing demonstrations, there is much greater diversity at this show than some people realize.

This year's feature exhibit is historical construction equipment. The antique construction equipment area has been an interesting area of activity for some years now and is managed by the Keystone Antique Earthmovers, a chapter of the national group: the Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA). Attendees to this year's show will have the chance to see many pieces of antique construction equipment in action but in a greatly expanded area. These range from an early Erie steam shovel to earthmovers from the 1970s era. There will be an area for crawler tractors to doze and also load earth. Another area will be for cable shovels and clamshells. Still another area will be for graders to show their leveling skills. Antique dump trucks will be transporting earth from one site to another.

While many unique pieces of equipment come and participate each year in this segment of the show, guests are welcome to bring their antique earthmover and play or work in the dirt. If you want to participate in the action part of this show, current membership with Rough and Tumble is required for insurance purposes. Daily safety meetings also will be conducted to ensure that everyone stays safe.

In addition to the activities in the construction area, a static display of antique construction equipment will be in the feature exhibit area for viewing.

In addition to the usual working construction equipment, the association also welcomes those wishing to display and operate support equipment that plays an equally important role in construction such as; air compressors, rollers, rock crushers, graders, cement mixers and pumps, to name a few.

Additional features this year include the Hercules engine and related equipment in the small engine grove, and in the large gas engine area, they will be hosting the 150th anniversary of the Atmospheric Engine with an 1873 Crossley engine on loan from the Henry Ford Museum and the association's 1869 Otto and Langen engine.

Visitors also can find daily events, such as two operating locomotives, steam engines, antique tractors, gas engines, threshing displays, antique tractor pulls, parade of power entertainment, huge flea market, great food and much, much more.

For questions about the Antique Construction Equipment, contact Ray Fleetwood at 610/299-5400. For general show information, contact the museum at or 717/442-4249 or visit

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