Shifting Samson

The West Otago Vintage Museum is just up the road from us and there’s some interesting goings-on at times. One day we heard a loud clattering noise and a quick look outside made us curious about the tractor machinations in progress. I gave chase while Nigel got some shots from our driveway.

Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken May 01, 2019


Samson Sieve Grip Tractor

Samson Tractor was an American brand of tractors 1900 to 1923, of trucks from 1920 to 1923, and a General Motors brand from 1917 to 1923. — from  Wikipedia

There’s a reader-friendly summary of the Samson Tractor history  HERE

Thornbury Vintage Tractor Club (Southland NZ) have a similar tractor. Theirs dates from 1918 – good photos and information are provided  HERE  — according to the article there’s roughly 16 tractors that have survived in NZ and about 16 in the USA


In the first photo, the men have just arrived at the museum and are disengaging the “tow” bar (it’s a “push” bar – don’t know what the correct term is).

I was curious about the red arrow at the front.. weather vane? On Saturday I popped into the museum and found that the arrow is solid – not a weather vane. I left my email address for a response but no explanation has yet been received.

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This is the “push” tractor. I was concerned that the man looking at me might be displeased with my presence but he was nice and let me know they’d be bringing another machine along the road shortly.

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The next two photos were taken by Nigel.  Here’s the grey Samson being pushed up the road by the big green tractor.

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This is the next delivery to the museum.  Click on the photo to enlarge

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Such is life in Tapanui 🙂


Text by Liz, photos by Liz and Nigel; Exploring Colour (2019)

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  1. Okay, so now you’ve got me wondering what that arrow is! I’m amused at the idea of you running out when you hear interesting vehicle noises – we do that too, when things like traction engines go by. (One year, we found that they were headed to the neighbouring village for a vintage vehicle show, so we had a fun afternoon out.) 🙂

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    1. They haven’t got back to me about what it is but we can pop up there some time and find out. They’re only open for 2 hours on a Sat and Sun. It’s really cool to live near to a museum!

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