Tuesday, 24 January 2023

A period piece of farm machinery

 The layout is supposed to be located in a rural part of Mittelfranken, the majority of road traffic is agricultural and one of the iconic items is the muck (manure) spreader.

Today these are a rarity due to changes in farming practices, in the ‘50-60s cattle were kept on straw not concrete and their waste was mixed with the straw. This needed a mechanical action to spread it on the fields as fertiliser, the above image from the mid-‘50s is just such a device. An HO version of a Fortuna dung spreader is available as a new release from Wiking, it is destined for the agricultural supplier in the goods yard. 

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