2005 - Volume #29, Issue #4, Page #42[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Germany Has Best Farm Machinery Museum In The World
It's worth the trip to Germany just to see the museum's comprehensive collection. The energetic curator, Dr. Klaus Herrmann, organizes an annual field day every fall. The Hohenheimer Feldtag is held over a weekend around the second week of September each year. The event lets visitors see a wide range of working equipment, both vintage and modern. That ranges from two men actually pulling a plow to oxen plow teams to steam traction to modern diesel tractors at work.
The museum has the world's oldest surviving planting machine, made by a local manufacturer in 1823. It's constructed of wood, and it still works. The collection of models in the main machinery hall is stunning for its sheer range and number of models.
The world's oldest surviving internal combustion tractor is there. That's the Mechwart, built in Hungary in 1896. An original Lanz tractor is there, along with several in the Bulldog series and many original German tractors as well as others from all around the world.
For more information contact the Deutsches Landwirtschaftsmuseum, Universitat Hohenheim, Garbenstrasse 9 and 9A, 70593 Stuttgart, Germany. Their office phone is 0711 459 2979. (Dr. Graeme R. Quick, consulting engineer, Queensland, Australia; firstname.lastname@example.org)
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