Bob the Traction engine (T1300)
Hornsby Traction Engine ‘Bob’ (T1300)
Bob the traction engine (T1300) was built in 1892 by Richard Hornsby & Sons of Grantham . He was exported to Tasmania, along with seven of his brothers, in February of the same year.
Whilst working in Tasmania Bob had three owners before sadly being retired to become the main attraction in a children’s playground.
He was purchased for the Museum of Lincolnshire Life and brought back to England for restoration in 1988.
Bob now takes pride of place here at The Village, Church Farm where he can be seen it action paired with a Hornsby threshing drum.
It is beleived that this pairing in the only one of its kind in the whole of the UK and makes Bob that little bit more special.
Below is a video of the threshing weekend at The Village, Church Farm. It’s not Bob but shows our thresher in action.