Steaming Up North

Awash in a Sea of Rumely Green and Allis Orange

| July/August 2002

  • 65 HP Case
    Pioneer Acres' 1921 65 HP Case was fired up for plowing and running parades.
  • Rumely 1- ton truck
    1922 Rumely 1- ton truck, one of only four known to exist.
  • 25 HP Advance Rumely

  • 65 HP Case
  • Rumely 1- ton truck
  • 25 HP Advance Rumely

Pioneer Acres Plowmen & Threshermen's Club of Alberta held its 32nd annual show and reunion Aug. 10-12, 2001, at its site just north of Irricana, Alberta. Rumely and Allis were featured makes, the grounds awash in a sea of Rumely green and Persian orange. Models of the popular OilPull in 1/3-scale and -scale were displayed, and I belted up an operating -scale 25 HP Advance Rumely to a -scale 40 x 64 Rumely Ideal wood body threshing machine.

This thresher, equipped with full-size sieves, lifting fingers, a full-length grain pan and endless belting, is complete with number 25 alligator lacing. I have over 2,000 hours invested in this model, and it actually threshes grain. It's painted in the original color scheme and finished off with hand-applied pin stripping in the original design. Additionally, Heinz Plehnert from Coronation had his -scale 65 HP Case and matching steel body thresher operating, and after three days running he had quite a pile of straw.

Brian Manning's completely functional -scale 25 HP Advance Rumely and -scale 40 x 64 Rumely Ideal wood body threshing machine.

Reynolds Alberta Museum from Wetaskiwin had a 1914 16 HP Rumely, Dave Fitchie and Ernie Berschi of Camrose the lucky operators. On Saturday afternoon, while plowing rye stubble with an eight-bottom JD plow, two teeth from the intermediate gear decided to head south, so the Rumely was rescheduled for threshing, Baker Fan demonstrations and parades.

Barry Hanna from Coleman and Perry Widdlifield from Markerville had the Pioneer Acres' 1921 65 HP Case fired up to complete the 15 acres of plowing and parades. The stationary steam engine building was busy all weekend, with engineers Doug Shepard from Wetaskiwin, Bernie Mason from Calgary, Ron Weich from Three Hills and myself taking turns firing the 40 HP vertical boiler and operating numerous engines, the largest being a 10 x 12 Robb. We are currently restoring a 12 X 14 Leonard built in London, Ontario, around 1918-1920.

The Alberta chapter of the Historical Truck Society displayed a circa 1922 Rumely 1-1/2 ton truck, serial number 141. Owned by Ron Carey of Calgary, this truck is in original, unrestored condition and is thought to be the only one brought into Calgary. It's now on permanent display at Pioneer Acres and is one of only four known to exist.


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