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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
American group tour Annan tractor heritage collection

VINTAGE machinery enthusiasts from the USA have visited Annan to view an extensive private collection of restored Massey Ferguson tractors.

REMARKABLE COLLECTION . . . part of the fleet of Massey Ferguson tractors at Annan from various eras

The coach party, comprising readers of Kansas-based Farm Collector Magazine, were on a ten-day specialist tour of the United Kingdom.

They expressed delight as they viewed the collection of more than 50 vintage tractors built-up by Stuart Barbour at Rosefield Farm.

He caught the bug as a child and began his collection after completing the restoration of his grandfather’s Massey Ferguson 35 when he was only 14.

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TRACTOR POWER . . . Stuart Barbour and his six-month-old daughter Charlotte and the editor of Kansas-based Farm Collector Magazine, Leslie McManus

Stuart, of JBA Seed Potatoes, an online and traditional enterprise, is particularly proud of one of his latest acquisitions, a grey Ferguson Brown Type-A, which dates from 1937 and was used locally for many years.

It is equipped with a Ferguson-Brown two-furrow plough.

Stuart shared his extensive knowledge of the various models on display, some of which are in regular use as working tractors in the long-established family-run horticultural business, while others appear at specialist vintage events and rallies.

There is increasing interest in Massey Fergusons just now as this year marks the 70th anniversary of the start of production of its famous Ferguson TE20 tractor — better known as the ‘Little Grey Fergie.’

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NEW GENERATION . . . Lisa Barbour, Stuart’s wife, and young tractor enthusiasts with a miniature Massey Ferguson tractor

Farm Collector Magazine editor Leslie McManus explained that there was an equally passionate interest among enthusiasts for vintage machinery and other aspects of rural heritage in the US as there was in the UK.

She thanked Stuart, Lisa and the rest of the Barbour family for their hospitality at Annan.

Leslie added: “It was a fantastic opportunity to see such a large collection of Massey Fergusons — all together in one place.”

 

 

 TRANSATLANTIC LINK . . . vintage machinery enthusiasts from across the USA visited the Barbour Tractor Collection at Annan. Front, right, is a rare Ferguson Brown Type- A, which dates from 1937 with the associated plough, front, centre
TRANS-ATLANTIC LINK . . . vintage machinery enthusiasts from across the USA visited the Barbour Tractor Collection at Annan. Front, right, is a rare Ferguson Brown Type- A, which dates from 1937 with the associated plough, front, centre
STATESIDE GREETINGS . . . Jeff McManus from Illinois lifts his hat to a much-loved grey ‘Fergie’ tractor
STATESIDE GREETINGS . . . Jeff McManus from Illinois lifts his hat to a much-loved grey ‘Fergie’ tractor

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