Traction Engine Weathervane

| May/June 1976

  • Traction engine Weathervane
    Taken from the column The Scribbler by Gerald S. Lestz and with the courtesy of the Lancaster New Era newspaper, we thought you might be interested in this item.
    Lancaster New Era newspaper

  • Traction engine Weathervane

One of the most unusual weather-vanes in Lancaster County is in the shape of a Case steam traction engine. It has been at the same spot at Kinzers for about 15 years.

The weathervane was cut from sheet steel by Leroy Ebersol, Narvon RD, and painted black. It is near the showroom and office of the Lancaster Equipment Center, Inc.

We saw the weathervane as we rode a train westward between Gap and Lancaster. Herman Brackbill, a part owner and manager of Lancaster Equipment Center, filled us in on the story.

The center is across Route 30 from the museum and show grounds of the Rough and Tumble Engineers, whose members restore and collect steam and gas farm traction engines. Brackbill's father-in-law, the late Arthur S. Young, was a founder of Rough and Tumble, and operated his business where the center is today.