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Polish National Museum of Agriculture and Agro-Food Industry, 2012

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Thomas Kautzor has sent the following photo report of his visit to the Polish National Museum of Agriculture and Agro-Food Industry ( in Szreniawa, just SW of Poznan on the road to Wolsztyn. Apart from the some official notices from which I quote their own English translations, we know little of the origins and can only speculate on some of the uses and obviously we would appreciate some enlightenment from an expert or two. One building was closed to visitors as it was undergoing renovation so there may be more here...

Some of the exhibits are outdoors, this is a view of a collection of stationary engines:

This horizontal engine was built in 1869 by "Machine Factory and Iron Foundry H. Cegielski, Poznan" with serial number 42. It developed between 21 and 37 KW (30-50 HP old style!) and was used from 1869 to 1938 to drive distillery equipment in Octiezyn. No details are given for the vertical engine on the right.

This classic horizontal engine was built as late as 1915 by the same company (serial number 729), the cylinder is 50cm x 30cm (20" x 12") and it was used toi drive distillery equipmenr in Roszkow.

This third engine of similar size from the same company (508/1901) was similarly used in Wasowo:

This Polish built Ursus engine ca 1930 appears not dissimilar to 'oil' engines built in the UK at the same period by Ruston and Hornsby, Blackstone and Robson and which I have seen in South East Asia in recent years - click here for a couple of example.

There are a portable and a ploughing engines displayed outside:

This is a classic Lanz portable engine (1114 of 1890):

This is a ploughing engine, it is not another Kemna (see below). Ploughing engine expert Dick Eastwood says it is a Heucke (370 / 1913, 18HP), 369 is also in the museum.

This is another ploughing engine, built by Kemna of Breslau (1523 of 1927):

Seen in the background above is a handsome Robey portable said to be 14577 /1895.(However, when I sent a picture of the plate to the Robey expert Dave Davies, he commented, as I had expected, that it's modern and not original. The number is also wrong for this portable, however, most of the records around that time are almost illegible as far as destinations are concerned...)

Inside is another portable from Cegielski (917/1924):

I have left out the odd steam turbine and non-steam tractors but since I am supposed to be a steam loco enthusiast, I have to show the main target for the visit, 750mm gauge Px49-1923, there is also a small 600mm gauge diesel Wls50-923.

Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson