Farm Machinery Dilemma

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by TrainClown, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    I'm building a farm display. This is not going to be a running layout, but more of a display because I got some diesel equipment that I can't run on my turn of the century logging layout. I also think the whole farming thing is fun to model as I love old barns and old farms in general. :thumb:

    I was at the LHS a while back and they had some stuff I just had to buy (sound familiar?) :rolleyes: Now I got it home, I'm not sure what the era of this stuff is. I was wanting to put my farm in the mid 50s, so can anyone tell me if this stuff is in period? Please. :confused:

    Pic 1..........Air Seeder

    Pic 2............Disks

    Pic 3.............Plow

    Pic 4.............Percy inspects the trucks. :eek:

    TrainClown ;)

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  2. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member


    From what I see of the tractors, they should fit in the 50's-6o's. I'm not so sure that the tractor shown cold do a 4 bottom plow unless they are 14" or in sandy soil. They do look good.

    Only a penny's worth of opinion.

  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    The green tractor with the yellow metal wheels is too old for the period - at least it would not have been sold any more. It may have been in running condition though...

    Those red tractors look great!

  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    If you like old farm buildings, you should check out Surrey Custom Models line of farm buildings. They actually got these from Alder Models of Deep River, ON when the owner retired and sold the business.

    I am thinking about maybe bashing the log farm house into a Northern Ontario "camp" of the 1920s-era.

  5. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    I would think you could use all the stuff for a mid-50's layout. The trucks and red tractors are early 50's, the green tractor, as Andrew points out, is earlier, but who's to say it wasn't running. It may have to be weathered quite a bit, but hey, it could have been restored with a new paint job as well. The horses are definately period, period...:D:D
  6. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Actually, the green tractor is going to be all rusty and sitting in a field with other obsolete farm machinery. This is part of the lure of old farms for me. The old equipment sitting around rusting away. Wagons half rotted into the earth. Old grain sheds and chicken coops half rotted and falling down. I'm going to have a go at scratch building an old thresher, like a McCormick, and perhaps a traction engine too.

    I missed out on a modern combine at the train show. It was a beauty, but I can't afford $80.

    I would like some real old trucks for my pasture equipment, like a model T or a White, but these just can't be found at the LHS.

    TrainClown ;)
  7. Union Pacific

    Union Pacific Member

    well well well someone needs my tractor help :p
    That "green one" John Deere is a model D it was made in the late 30's-late 40's it would fit in if you weathered it a bit the "red one" Farmall is good it was made from 40-late 50's the plows and everything else is good both of these tractors were made for 3 bottom plows but could handle 4 if the ground wasn't clay
    hope this helps

  8. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    The trucks are the newest items that you bought. 1955-1956 Fords.
  9. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    I absolutely love the weathering on the one red tractor!

  10. TrainClown

    TrainClown Member

    Val the spitfire painted that. We made a trade a while back. I think I got the better half of the deal. :)

    TrainClown ;)
  11. farmer ron

    farmer ron Member

    TC, I rember pulling the disker and plow like the ones you have around the field in the 60's, usually had the tractors with the wider front wheels for that. The green painted machinery was and still is john deere products The red tractor with the narrow front wheels looks like an old massey harris job. The first one with the big metal lug wheels wasn't around then, remember seeing the odd old wheel like that around the back of the barn. Looks like what you have will sure make a great farm scene, keep us posted on how its moooving along, pardon the pun....Ron..
  12. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    TC in the 50's i rember a old man down the road from us that still ran a metal wheeled tractor he had taken the cleets off and bolted a old rubber tractor tire on the rim. nice stuff:)
  13. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    Re pic 4:

    Looking at inspector Percy I think he could be a turn-of-the-century model. So he's much too young, and therefore you should NOT place him on the diorama. :D :D :D


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