Traditional Threshing using a Steam Engine and Ransomes Thresher, Hoxne, Suffolk 2017

Traditional Threshing using a Steam Engine and Ransomes Thresher, Hoxne, Suffolk 2017

The threshing is at thatcher, Graham Borrill's farm in Hoxne.

The work is done with 1906 Jonathan Wheeler steam engine and a 1948 Ransome thresher bailer and a team of friends.

There is also an 'living van' used by itinerant workers in the past.

This belt drives the thresher but it has not yet been fitted.

Slowly and gently, the belt goes into motion.

more belts drive the different parts of the thresher or 'drum' as it is also known.

A trailer of long straw is towed to the thresher.

A fence is being rolled out.

The boiler is fed.

Before the work begins, the engine must be secured.

Farm dogs are here for a reason.

Now the straw is being loaded into the top jaws of the thresher.

Chaff comes out of these shoots.

The threshed straw is driven onto the finished stack.

Grain pours out of this shoot.

This terrier puppy waits calmly.

Lunch inside the van.

Back to work after lunch.

The terrier and its family work as a team.

From time to time rats jump off the trailer.

and the farmer can't keep them.

Source: Youtube