The Cranky Handle Rally is happening on 20th and 21st August at Richmond Vale Railway Museum. The Rally is an exhibition of old machinery and tools loosely associate with farming as it used to be.
The Rally has been organised by the Hunter Valley Vintage Farm Machinery Club, which has members from as far afield as Scone, Taree and the Central Coast. Other machinery clubs from around the state have also been invited to participate in the Rally.
Old engines are a popular exhibit and we will have engines dating back to the early 1900's on display. Some of these will be driving pumps, generators or novelty items to add to the interest. You will be able to see some being worked on, as there is nothing like taking an engine to a show to make it break down. Some of the old equipment is not as reliable as more modern machinery
We will also have a number of old farm tractors on display. They will range in condition from being in their working clothes (in their natural dirty state) to being fully rebuilt to a condition that is probably better than when they were new. These tractors will range in size from very small up to about 80hp. Massey Ferguson's are very popular, but we will have Chamberlains, Internationals and even a single cylinder, 2 stroke HSCS tractor from Hungary. Whilst the engines are inside safety fences, the tractors will be parked in the open for visitors to look at as close up as they want. The tractors will be going on a short trek on the Saturday and Sunday mornings around the Kurri Kurri district.
All displays will have their owners in attendance
to describe how they work and answer questions
on how farming mechanisation used to be done
and how it has changed over the years
We are expecting a small number of vintage trucks
and old cars. Our annual event usually includes
a rope making display, corn shelling and displays of
vintage lawn mowers and chainsaws. Past events have
been held in Maitland and Morpeth, but this year we
have moved to the Richmond Vale Railway Museum site.
This means we will also have full-sized heritage train
The Railway will have their usual facilities operating, including a sausage sizzle for lunch. The Canteen will be open for snacks, hot and cold drinks and meals.
Gates open from 10.00 am. Richmond Vale Railway Museum is on Leggetts Drive, 4 km south of Kurri Kurri.