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Students celebrate restored tractor’s 50th birthday

Friday 1 Jan 2016

Students from our agricultural engineering department have marked the successful restoration of an old tractor – by celebrating its 50th birthday.


The Massey Ferguson 35x Multipower was purchased by the college back in the 1960s. Over time, it had gradually fallen into disrepair, so students on the Mechanisation course began a project to restore it to its former glory, by carefully rebuilding the machine using as many original parts as possible.

You may remember, last year the tractor embarked on a 900 mile drive from Land’s End to John O’Groats, raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process. With the restoration now complete, staff and students have marked the occasion by giving the Massey its very own ‘50th birthday party’ in the engineering workshop where she was rebuilt.

Among those on the project is David Hartley, who is studying a Foundation Degree in Agricultural Machinery Engineering  at Myerscough College. He told Farmers Weekly: ‘’Before the restoration it was being used mainly for lessons, so it was a great achievement to put the tractor back together’’.

‘’Our project manager, fellow student, Mark France, spent hours ringing round to find the original parts and now every bit of the machine has been restored, repainted and reassembled’’.

The tractor will now be used to promote the college’s mechanisation courses, as well as being entered into agricultural shows and events.

by Dave Salmon