LITTLE REPLICA: Ray Voll has a new engine to care for, but this one is a wee bit smaller.
LITTLE REPLICA: Ray Voll has a new engine to care for, but this one is a wee bit smaller. Marian Faa

Ticking together but 100 years apart

AN ENGINE handed down four generations is still running as good as it did the day it was made, but now has a little companion by its side.

'The Albert' is an International Harvester Engine that was manufactured in Chicago in 1914 and belonged to Albert Voll of Jones Gully, near Crows Nest.

The machine passed through the hands of many an owner, pumping water from bores and wells and later cutting block wood for the fire stove, but eventually ended up rusting away in a paddock where most machines do.

Remembering the engine his father had rattled on about way back in the day, Ray Voll decided to track down the fabled International Harvester.

It took a bit of ringing around, but Mr Voll struck rust when he called the new owner of a nearby property to ask if he had any old machines lying around.

"He said 'yes, there's an old rusty engine under the tree'," Mr Voll said.

 

TURNING TWINS: The Albert and The Little Albert tinker on in unison.
TURNING TWINS: The Albert and The Little Albert tinker on in unison. Marian Faa

Rescuing the engine from its paddock graveyard, Mr Voll decided to restore the International Harvester it to its former glory, a process that took more than forty years.

All oiled up with a slick new red and blue paint job, the engine hissed along happily at the Allora Heritage Weekend this morning.

But Mr Voll thought the engine looked lonely on its own, and set out to find it a friend.

Mr Voll commissioned Bob Wey, an engineer from Toowoomba to craft a working model replica of Albert.

Mr Wey inspected The Albert, took some photos and measurements to make sure all the proportions were correct and then set to work on the miniature engine.

Twelve months later, 'Little Albert' made its debut at the Allora Heritage Weekend, where it was on display for the very first time.

"They both run beautifully," Mr Voll said, watching the two engines tick along in unison.


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