Step back in time with vintage machines in Glen Innes

VINTAGE:  The New England Heritage Traction Club will hold its vintage truck and machinery show this weekend.
VINTAGE: The New England Heritage Traction Club will hold its vintage truck and machinery show this weekend.

This weekend people will get a chance to step back in time as the New England Heritage Traction Club holds its vintage truck and machinery show. 

The show will celebrate the history of commercial traffic over the high country of the New England Highway.

New England Heritage Traction Club Chair Steven King said Saturday morning shoppers in Glen Innes might be rubbing their eyes in disbelief.

“It has been many decades since a steam traction engine trundled through town complete with the sounds of puff and whistle,” he said.

“The Highway was once routed through Grey Street and so Armidale identity Rob Taber will be re-living the heyday of steam traction by driving his 1904 Fowler traction engine along Grey Street on his way to the Glen Innes Showgrounds where the vintage show is being held.

“Vintage trucks from as far as Brisbane and Newcastle will be tracing the route of previous generations who have told tales of challenges met and overcome and will be on display at the showgrounds.”

Mr King said Glen Innes is able to offer some unique and special opportunities for the show.

“As a prelude to the show on Saturday a vehicle from each of the visiting historic motoring clubs will participate in a welcome by Tourist Manager Peter Teschner at the Australian Standing Stones before returning to the Showgrounds in time for public opening at 9.00am,” he said.

“Also on display at the show will be working old time engines and tractors including some very rare antique machines being displayed by Glen Innes History House museum. 

“We have been working with the History House and are pleased that we have been able to bring these machines to public view after seventeen years in storage”. 

Mr King said they aim to make the weekend a family friendly event.

“We have made the weekend family friendly with admission for kids under 16 free and car parking in the show grounds is also free,” he said.

Public entry is by Torrington Street only.


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