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Greatest Tractor Collection in the East Tour - July 9th, 2011
Joint Event with the Model A Ford Group
Come out for a Fantastic Experience with Fellow Antique Car Enthusiasts

Toplands Tractor Museum

Meet at Stew Leonard's at 9:15 AM
99 Federal Road, Danbury, CT 06811
Lunch at the Curtis House at 1:30

Toplands Farm is located in Roxbury, CT on beautiful Painter Hill Road. Housed within seven barns, is an extraordinary museum-quality display of agricultural machinery of over 100 completely restored farm tractors, 50 garden tractors, gas engines, & trucks that Mr. Dudley Diebold has collected since 1957. He has one of the country's most extensive collection of prairie tractors, also know as traction engines, used in the late 1800s and early 1900s, long before the combine was invented. He also has hay presses & houses the Roxbury Historical Society's collection of antique and vintage farm equipment.

Mr. Diebold started his collection with a John Deere tractor that he bought for $50 that had large steel wheels. After the war, everyone wanted to get rid of their old tractors for new ones with rubber wheels and self start engines. Farmers used to use their tractors 'till they didn't run anymore, and then just junked them.

The oldest tractors are a 1903 New Huber & a 1912 Titan Plow tractor. The tractors are on display so you can see how they changed & evolved over the years, from steam power to gasoline & everything in-between. Another highlight of the collection is a two-cylinder Fairbanks Morse tractor, which is one of only three still in existence. There is even a Model A that has a tractor conversion kit that was purchased from Sears.
"There wasn't a model to follow when tractors first emerged. The first designs were massive, and the old girls were built heavy. They didn't know what metals were best to use, or how they would stand up to the elements so they used what was accessible to them, " states Mr. Diebold.

All of the tractors are in working order, many of which Mr. Diebold refinished himself. This is a private collection & the public can see it by invitation only. This is a great opportunity & you may want to bring the grandkids.

The Curtis House Restaurant has children's portion for a reduced rate. The cost for adults will be around $23 (soup, meal, dessert, beverage, tax & tip included).

You can also stay at the Curtis House overnight from $56-$79, which we can also get reduced if I get enough takers, so please e-mail me, ftuoti@aol.com or call at 914-669-5020 for more information. Hope to see you all there. I promise you, you will be impressed.
Diane & Francis Tuoti

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