Quirky machines enthrall

Winchester man Brian Smith provides interest with his "Scrap Machine" at the South Canterbury Traction Engine Club open day.
Winchester man Brian Smith provides interest with his "Scrap Machine" at the South Canterbury Traction Engine Club open day.
Ian Urquhart checks the oil pressure at the South Canterbury Traction Engine Club open day.
Ian Urquhart checks the oil pressure at the South Canterbury Traction Engine Club open day.
Ray Evans, of Waimate, tops up his 1913 Hornsby 3 HP Engine at the South Canterbury Traction Engine Club open day.
Ray Evans, of Waimate, tops up his 1913 Hornsby 3 HP Engine at the South Canterbury Traction Engine Club open day.
Merv Cloake, left, talks to Kevin Forbes about his Lister L 4-HP engine that previously was used in a shearing plant.
Merv Cloake, left, talks to Kevin Forbes about his Lister L 4-HP engine that previously was used in a shearing plant.
Nigel Gamble, of Totara Valley, on a 1908 Mowet Fowler traction engine that his great grandfather used.
Nigel Gamble, of Totara Valley, on a 1908 Mowet Fowler traction engine that his great grandfather used.

Winchester man Brian Smith provided plenty of interest and entertainment with his ''Scrap Machine'' at the South Canterbury Traction Engine club open day. 

A collection of belts, pulleys, two saws and even a functional shower, that started life as a Reid and Grey milking plant, the machine has been seen in action at various events in South Canterbury and created a lot of interest.  

''People love to see machinery in action and this machine certainly provides plenty of variety,'' he said.

''Once we set it in action, old and young are just fascinated by it.''

The Scrap Machine was constructed over a 12-month period but Mr Smith is not one to rest on his laurels.

''I am now rebuilding a 1903 chaff cutter which I believe was taken into the Marlborough area by packhorse,'' he said.

''My aim is to take it back to its original condition.''

The Timaru Herald