The Rough and Tumble Engineers annual Reunion was held Thursday. Friday and Saturday, August 18, 19 and 20, 1955, at Kinzers, Pennsylvania.
The first day, Thursday, was very wet and unpleasant as hurricane Diane was just passing by. Many folks drove through high water and very-difficult traveling conditions to reach the affair. Friday and Saturday the weather conditions were ideal and the crowd rolled in from ten states other than Pennsylvania, to number approximately 7,000.
The hydraulic Dynamometer was a new attraction this year; also a fan used simply to make the engines snort was in evidence. The R & T Railroad was in full swing as was the 'Steam Joy Buggy'. The Groffdale Steam Hobby Association had charge of the miniature and hobby engines. A total of eight home built tractions were in operation under their own steam, and smaller engines of all types were furnished steam with lubrication by LeRoy Ebersol's beautiful Buffalo Springfield steam roller.
A number of good flailers put on a very nice exhibition of this old-time method of threshing to start off the Threshing Demonstration. The sweep power threshing was more successful than ever as Sam King's big Belgian horses, driven by Raymond Smoker, seemed to enjoy putting on an exhibition. For the hand feed threshing, feeders were lined up and allowed to feed about six sheaves each. The load of, sheaves was finished before the last in line had an opportunity to perform.
The cafeteria was again in operation and took care of the apetites of the crowd in a satisfactory manner with steam cooked food.
The management wishes to thank every one who helped in any way to make the 1955 Reunion a success.