Young Engine to be Restored

| July/August 1983

  • Avery

    Lancaster New Era

  • Avery

The Rough and Tumble Engineers, of Kinzers, Pa., oldest organization of its kind in the East, will mark its 35th anniversary this summer with special recognition of Arthur S. Young, who led in its formation.

R&T began as a 'thresher men's reunion' in 1948 on the grounds of Young's farm equipment sales establishment on the Lincoln Highway. Those attending had so good a time they decided to keep getting together for an annual event, and later formed the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association.

Art Young is credited with saving many an antique engine from the scrap heap, as well as convincing federal authorities not to pull in the old iron for World War II scrap drives.

When Young kept the ancient steamers on his grounds, someone spotted them from a train on the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad and reported them to the government. Officials descended on Young to demand answers why was he keeping the engines from being converted into wartime material?

He took them around his grounds, telling them how he had supplied parts from these aged machines to keep wartime engines running. He also noted that old angle irons from engines had been taken to the Armstrong Cork Co. plant in Lancaster, to be put up for hanging newly painted products to dry in the defense area of the factory.

The 'feds' not only refrained from hammering down on Young; they also went beyond writing him up and giving him a citation for his effort in conservation, and in recycling old machinery to aid the war effort.