Tony’s hard work restores old Lister agricultural engine
The sterling efforts of a North Walsham machine enthusiast has brought back to full working order a 1950s Lister agricultural engine which otherwise could have been destined for the scrap yard.
Tony White, of Beech Drive, got to hear about the 1.5ph petrol driven machine built in 1951, from his neighbour Richard Hawkes, whose sister-in-law Mrs Gillian Hawkes, of Mundesley Road, had kept in her garage.
Her late husband John was unable to restore the machine due to ill health.
Now, after three months of dedicated restoration work, the model looks and works as good as new. So the party of three met up for a working demonstration and a celebratory cuppa.
Self-taught Mr White said how much he had enjoyed the challenge and job satisfaction on giving the machine a new lease of life. He had worked on similar models in recent times.
Lister agricultural water/air cooled engines have been part of the farming scene since the turn of the 20th Century, powering anything from elevators, pumps and milking machines.
Mrs Hawkes was delighted that her late husband John’s rescued machine, which he bought from a scrap merchant ‘for a song’ had found a new home, especially in North Walsham where the couple had lived since marrying in 1968.
Celebrating the newly-restored Lister agricultural engine from the left are: Tony White and Gillian and Richard Hawkes.