Bathurst Agricultural Museum

The museum has an offical web site. Please visit it and give them support.

Are are some quick shots from the Bathurst Agricultural Museum which is about 40km away from my home. Bathurst is a small town some 20km from the coast which serves the local pineapple farmers and has a few other light industries.

The museum is run by local interested people and is trying to preserve, in working order, all the old farm implenents they can. The currently have a live-in custodian who is also restoring various objects on a daily basis. He told me he used to work on the mines in the Transvaal and has now retired and is having fun fixing all these 'old things'.

Please, if you are in the Eastern Cape for any reason, stop by the Agricultural Museum and support them in their efforts.

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This bandsaw is standing just outside the side roof and may well work. Note how it is chained to the roof support! This museum is just a stones throw from a semi formal settlement and anything not tied down goes walkabout. There was at least one more similar bandsaw there, and I admit I was wondering if I could make space for one in my workshop (-:

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I wondered what this is! Written on it in permanent marker is 'cyanide tank'. Apparently used to apply cyanide to crops to kill insects! Another OSHA nightmare (-:

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The other side of the tank.

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Outside the main office door, a general view of the pumps and mowers 'n things.... Many of them are operational.

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This is some sort of pump. I hope to go back with a whole day available and try to figure out what some of the odder things are and how they worked.

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Some of the mowers. The one in the foreground looks to be operational. One of the other sheds has a massive collection of vintage tractors that mostly work, and would be used to tow these mowers by the enthusiasts that own them.

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The back shed. You can see the blue overalled custodian at work in the workshop. The long outside roof is a new addition and is protecting many things, including the bandsaw shown here, and the workbench and tools display. I was told that such a porch roof is planned for the other buildings, and one of the sheds will be extended about 100 feet to make room for some of the more valuable things that are currently standing outside.

In one of the other buildings behind this shed is a collection of hit and miss engines, one of which is the original engine, plus the generator, that powered the Fish River Mouth lighthouse for many years (now powered by the national grid). It still works, I saw it about 2 years ago.

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These two pumnps caught my eye. They are single cylinder steam driven pumps that drive the pump cylinder directly. They are currently in a rusted up state, and at least one of them needs a complete new piston of about 8 inch diameter.

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A Ransomes portable engine. You can see that the flywheel is missing, together with the bearing supports.

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Here is the other side, with the flywheel. I didn't see the bearing supports so have no idea how that flywheel gets mounted.

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The builders plate.

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The backhead. It has been nicely painted but the custodian told me that the boiler tubes are in a total mess and it's unlikely that it will run again unless someone with lots of money finances it.

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Look at those TEETH! This is some sort of grain seperator? I was just impressed with the massive interlocking teeth and wondering how OSHA would deal with it (-:

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A threshing machine that might have been driven by the Ransomes portable engine.

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A threshing machine that might have been driven by the Ransomes portable engine.

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Some tools hanging outside with a workbench etc.

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