Tony’s hard work re­stores old Lis­ter agri­cul­tural en­gine

Let's Talk - - POST BAG - CHARLES THIRTLE Sheringham Nor­folk

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.

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