Reynolds-Alberta Museum Annual Harvest Festival


| March/April 2001



Nichols and Shepard  cylinder

72 Castleglen Way NE Calgary, Alberta T3J 1T3

Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada, held their annual Harvest Festival September 2, 3 and 4, 2000. After a week of mixed weather, the forecast called for breaking skies, but windy. Leaving Calgary and heading north for the two and a half hour drive, the clouds were getting lower and the rain steadier, but I convinced myself and family that the next day would be different. Wrong! The mist and rain started at noon and never let up until Monday morning, but the show must go on!

1911 Nichols and Shepard 30-96 2 cylinder simple, serial #11205. Note: scale 76 HP Sawyer Massey next to 'Nick' owner Ernie Bertschi, Camrose, Alberta.

After attending a safety meeting and receiving operator assignments, 1 met with Bill Hamilton and his wife Marjorie at the rear of the 1911 Nichols and Shepard 30-96 HP 2-cylinder simple, serial #11205, our engine for the weekend.

Also steaming up for the show were Ernie Bertschi and Perry Widdifield on a 68 HP Sawyer-Massey, a western ploughing engine built in 1922. As well, Stan Eichorn and Doug Sheppard had a 1914, 16 HP M. Rumely #6795 up to pressure. All these engines and bailers are inspected and certified each year and carry ISO psi, so they perform very well.

We have ploughed stubble with both 'Nick' and the Sawyer with a 12 bottom John Deere plow, and the Rumely pulling a 28 inch Wooden John Goodison separator. This year we were reduced to boiling water two of the three days, but since 'Nick' has a roof, we didn't mind, and a regular run of hot coffee and fresh baked cinnamon buns didn't hurt either.