TG1823 : Massey-Harris 55 dual drive tractor - engine

taken 1 year ago, near to Marsham, Norfolk, Great Britain

Massey-Harris 55 dual drive tractor - engine
Massey-Harris 55 dual drive tractor - engine
Dual drive tractors > LinkExternal link are powerful machines and fairly rare beasts, designed to work heavy clay soil. The dual drive is a combination of two tractor units, minus their front wheels but with a turntable slung between them, resulting in a four-wheel drive, articulated tractor twice as powerful as most other tractors on the market. Ernest Doe & Sons have since the 1950s specialised in building such tractors, using Fordson Super Major units > LinkExternal link whereas the machine depicted here was constructed using Massey-Harris 55s and has not been built by Doe. It is believed to be an American import.

The Massey-Harris Model 55 is a four/five-plow tractor and replaced Models 201, 202, and 203. The Model 55 was built from 1946 to 1955. It was advertised as the largest farm tractor on wheels and the world’s most powerful tractor and intended for use on the plains of Western Canada and the wheatlands of the United States, but reputedly had a number of mechanical problems.
Marsham Starting Handle Club Summer Show 2017
The show, the seventh in as many years, was held over the weekend of 12/13th August. It is growing bigger every year. More than 500 exhibitors displayed their tractors, stationary engines, vintage lawnmowers and agricultural implements, but there is much more to see on the 13-acres site which adjoins Orchard Cottage in Allison Street, such as several rare, "dancing" dual drive Doe-built tractors, classic and military vehicles and motorcycles, demonstrations in the parade ring of working gun and sheep dogs and demonstrations of old-time ploughing and harvesting in a crop field nearby. For the first time since its restoration the Soame steam wagonette was featured. The first tractor pulling event in the county for 27 years was also held here (in 2013). Fairground organs create just the right atmosphere, a bouncy castle provides entertainment for the younger visitors, and a variety of stalls can be sampled in the fun fair section of the site. Food vendors guarantee that no-one will be going home hungry.

According to Bob Parke, the site owner and one of the organisers, the show featured 350 tractors, over 100 classic cars, and about 80 motorcycles and had about 2,500 visitors.
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Friday, 11 August, 2017   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 12 August, 2017
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1833 2338 [10m precision]
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