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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 31st March, 2022)


Today’s Massey Ferguson, a far cry from the tiny, grey 1950s version. Stanley Lane, Aspull.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: AP on 31st March 2022 at 01:26

I commented in past that they seem usually to be red now, but that they seemed to usually be grey in 1950's, but our resident 'expert' on here told me that my assertion was wrong.

Comment by: PeterP on 31st March 2022 at 05:35

We were parked at the side of a tractor at some traffic lights and the wheels were taller than our car.

Comment by: Anne on 31st March 2022 at 09:01

The different brands do appear to use a company colour. John Deere, mainly green with a touch of yellow, New Holland blue with a splash of yellow and as above Massey Ferguson red. I see the Massey Ferguson and New Holland colours at work in fields close to me.

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 31st March 2022 at 09:06

No such thing as a nice warm cab in the 1950s AP. Your average farmer faced the elements with nothing more than a flat cap and a sturdy constitution! Even so, those little tractors were a godsend to hard pressed farmers just after the war.

Comment by: Veronica on 31st March 2022 at 09:43

I don't know much about machinery - butva dash of red in the country side doesn't go amiss. Thanks for the info Dennis ...

Comment by: Pw on 31st March 2022 at 12:40

Fordsen Major tractors were blue.Eatocks farm down Lord St.in Hindley had one.The only tractor I have ever driven was a grey Massey Ferguson when I was about fourteen,loved it.

Comment by: Gary on 31st March 2022 at 14:23

I seem to recall Massey Ferguson took over Weekes Trailers {based in Hull or Grimsby) in the late 60s and the low loaders were marketed as Massey Ferguson Weekes. Gidlow Hall farm had one, easily moved about and simple to load.
By contrast, a few years ago, I watched a huge combine harvester in North Norfolk sorting a few acres of flat field with no driver! All done by satellite GPS. This would be about 2014, quite normal procedure, but for me - jaw-dropping.

Comment by: AP on 31st March 2022 at 16:07

My comment concerning colour was about Fergies, not farm tractors in general.

I can only recall grey specimens from 1950's, Of course I would not have seen a representative sample, just those working in my locality.

Comment by: Basil Brush on 31st March 2022 at 20:31

PeterP you don't half come out with some dross.

Comment by: Pat McC on 1st April 2022 at 07:59

Basil Brush - it's called having a sense of humour.

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