My late father-in-law had a small farm just out of Kyneton for his spare time. Mostly it was for sheep and cattle. So he didn’t have a tractor but he did have what we called a traction engine but which others might call a steam roller. It had previously been used in the construction of local roads.
I had my driving lessons in that car,
Not all the time was spent playing with the engine though. Animals need attention.
But then it was back to the traction engine. What could be more useful for supplying the home with the unlimited pile of wood needed for the wood stove, and the wood fires, and the wood copper, and for the fuel to run the steam engine which worked the steamroller. No petrol needed. This can be seen in this 1959 home movie clip for those who like fuzzy images of things moving up and down and round and round.
Other people’s engines can be found on this week’s Sepia Saturday