Pioneer Acres Model And Hobby Show

Alchin or Royal Chester (English) steamer

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72 Castlglen Way NE Calgary, Alberta T3J 1T3

Pioneer Acres of Alberta Museum, situated on 50 acres just 30 minutes from Calgary, Alberta, held their sixth annual Model and Hobby Show on May 27 & 28, 2000. The show was well attended, with exhibitors coming from the Calgary area and as far away as Peace River.

The models again this year were outstanding, being enjoyed by the steady crowds each day. Ernie Bertschi from Camrose, Alberta, was operating his scale 76 HP Sawyer-Massey traction engine on his latest project, a scale Case hay press. We took turns running it while Ernie tied small hay bales for the crowd. Ken Grove, from Indus, Alberta, had his complete 1/3 scale Rumely engine, separator, bundle racks and grain wagon demonstrating, threshing alongside Pioneer Acres full size outfit for comparison. Brian Manning of Calgary was kept busy operating a scale Advance-Rumely 25 HP steam engine demonstrating 'tug 'o' war' ' with its power, and running the hay press. Barry Hanna, from Coleman, Alberta, had Pioneer Acres' full size 65 HP Case engine fired up for the crowd each day.

Model of a 1927 Alchin or Royal Chester (English) steamer, built by Ton Leschinski of Calgary. Scale is 1 12'. Note: adjustable wrench in bottom left hand corner. This engine is approximately 16' high and runs perfectly.

The covered storage building was bulging at the seams with all different types of operating models of stationary, traction and mill engines, to gas powered pump engines and blacksmithing display. Tony Leschinski of Calgary had the people mystified with four tables full of engines. Peter Woods, also of Calgary, has the most unusual hobby, building models from scratch (and most without plans) out of nothing but matchsticks glued together. One model of an English Showman's engine consisted of over 3500 pieces! Amazing!

Operator's view of 1/3 model Rumely threshing outfit owned by Ken Grove of Indus, Alberta. 16-30 tractor and 28' separator, bundle racks and grain wagon even a 1/3 scale pitcher!

This year's show on May 26 and 27, will be the biggest yet, with several new displays and exhibits. The local Scout troop will shoot off homemade rockets all day on Saturday out in the rye field. We'll have an antique tractor pull demonstration each after noon from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., plus an antique car and truck display and swap meet all weekend. For more information contact Pioneer Acres at: 403-935-4357; Brian Manning at b.r.manning@home.com, or visit our website at pioneeracres.ab.ca.