Tractors, Trucks, Big and Small Engines
This page is dedicated to the memory of Ben Bennett
Ben Bennett with a Fairbanks Morse 2 H.P. motor.
Ben Bennett was a dedicated member of the museum whose contributions will last forever. He was a mechanical genius who loved not only to tinker with old mechanical devices, Ben loved to find the most rusted out piece of junk, which he would buy for pennies or simply get for free, and then restore them back to working condition. Most of the agricultural engines were donated by Ben, who lovingly restored them and built mobile stands for them. He loved taking them to agriculture equipment shows all around Texas. Losing Ben to a heart attack in 2010 was a severe blow to the museum but we will keep his memory alive with his beloved engines.
1947 John Deere Model M Tractor
1947 John Deere 'M' tractor, aka the 'Johnny Popper' for the distinctive sound from it's two cylinder engine.
This tractor was retrieved from Fayetteville, Arkansas by 2002 Vice-Chairman, Ben Bennett. The tractor belonged to his 99 year old father-in-law, who had retired the year before! 2002 Chairman, Hugh Hemphill, went along for the ride and to help load it. The whole journey was made in October, in lashing rain. They did not exceed 45 MPH all the way back.
The 1947 John Deere tractor is great for hay rides.
1947 John Deere tractor at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
This 1947 John Deere Model M tractor was another of Ben's favorites. Model M's are affectionately known as the "Johnny Popper" or "Poppin' Johnnies" because of the unique sound of their two cylinder engines. This tractor came to us from an orchard a few miles outside of Fayetteville, Arkansas. It was hauled back to San Antonio, in the rain, at 45 MPH, by Ben accompanied by 2002 Chairman, Hugh Hemphill. After years of service at the museum, following Ben's death, the tractor is now back in Arkansas where we hope it will be maintained and used as much as Ben would want.
Stationary agricultural engines
A Cushman 4 H.P. "Binder" motor.
A Fairbanks Morse 2 H.P. motor.
A John Deere 1.5 H.P. motor.
The museum has several antique agricultural motors and tractors. Although these are not a focal point of the museum, many of the agricultural engines are in working condition. Others are for static display only. The museum also owns three tractors. Two are working vehicles and one, which used to be owned by the US Air Force is on static display.
1939 Case Tractor
1939 USAF Case tractor now at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
1939 USAF Case tractor now at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
1939 USAF Case tractor now at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
1939 USAF Case tractor now at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
This is a 1939 Case tractor donated to us by the United States Air Force. Tractors like this were used to help prepare and maintain runways and other facilities throughout WWII. We even have a picture of it when it was on display at Lackland AFB. It was prepared for storage very well. When we decided to relocate it, because it's previous, once prominent location had become a shaded picnic area near to a new concrete slab for a future building, the wheels and gears turned freely, despite years of inactivity. This leads adventurous souls to wonder if it could not be got going again.
1946 John Deere Model H Tractor
1946 John Deere Model H tractor as found by Leroy Hagendorf in Weimar, Texas, in 2002
1946 John Deere Model H tractor as found by Leroy Hagendorf in Weimar, Texas, in 2002
1946 John Deere Model H tractor as found by Leroy Hagendorf in Weimar, Texas, in 2002
1946 John Deere Model H tractor parts as found by Leroy Hagendorf in Weimar, Texas, in 2002
1946 John Deere Model H tractor as found by Leroy Hagendorf in Weimar, Texas, in 2002
1946 John Deere Model H tractor parts under restoration by Leroy Hagendorf in Weimar, Texas, in 2002
1946 John Deere Model H tractor parts under restoration by Leroy Hagendorf in Weimar, Texas, in 2002
1946 John Deere Model H tractor under restoration by Leroy Hagendorf in Weimar, Texas, in 2002
1946 John Deere Model H tractor under restoration by Leroy Hagendorf in Weimar, Texas, in 2002
1946 John Deere Model H tractor under restoration by Leroy Hagendorf in Weimar, Texas, in 2002
1946 John Deere Model H tractor under restoration by Leroy Hagendorf in Weimar, Texas, in 2002
1946 John Deere Model H tractor under restoration by Leroy Hagendorf in Weimar, Texas, in 2002
1946 John Deere Model H tractor with Leroy Hagendorf in Weimar, Texas, in October 2012 on the day he donated it to the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
1946 John Deere Model H tractor with Leroy Hagendorf in Weimar, Texas, in October 2012 on the day he donated it to the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
1946 John Deere Model H tractor being guided by Vicky Kincaid onto a trailer belonging to Daniel Bratcher in October 2012 on the day the tractor was donated it to the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
1946 John Deere Model H tractor at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio in October 2012 with Vicky Kincaid, Steve Campa and Daniel Bratcher
1946 John Deere Model H tractor and toy replica at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio in November 2012
1946 John Deere Model H tractor at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio in November 2012
1946 John Deere Model H tractor at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio in November 2012
1946 John Deere Model H tractor at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio in November 2012
1946 John Deere Model H tractor and John Deere 310B back-hoe / front-end loader at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio in November 2012
1946 John Deere Model H tractor being driven at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio in November 2012 by Hugh Hemphill
1946 John Deere Model H tractor giving rides at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio in November 2012
1946 John Deere Model H tractor at work at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio in November 2012
New tires for the 1946 John Deere Model H tractor, January 2013
1946 John Deere Model H tractor back at work, February 2013
Chldren enjoying TTM's 1946 John Deere Model H tractor, April 2013
Repairing the road following heavy ran using the 1946 John Deere Model H tractor, June 2013
1946 John Deere Model H tractor giving hay rides during "Santa's Railroad Wonderland, 2013
Jason Wahl returning the 1946 John Deere Model H tractor after restoring it at his own property, March 2014
This John Derre Model H tractor was donated to the museum in 2012 by Leroy & Margie Hagendorf. Leroy acquired in it terrible shape ten years earlier and restored it beautifully. To quote from the 1939 company brochure introducing the new type, "The Model H was manufactured to "meet the demands of small-acreage farmers everywhere for a tractor that will handle all power jobs at rock-bottom cost, and meet the demands of the large-acreage farmers who have always wanted and needed economical auxiliary power to handle lighter farm jobs." The museum will use the tractor to pull hay rides at special events and certain yard work duties around our large property.
1948 Ford 8N tractor
1948 Ford 8N tractor at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
1948 Ford 8N tractor at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Steve Campa working on the 1948 Ford 8N tractor at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Steve Campa with the 1948 Ford 8N tractor he got working again, December 2012
TTM's Ford 8N tractor with newly acquired box blade for unpaved road maintenance, Feb 2013
Anton Hajek giving customers a ride using a borrowed Ford 8N tractor
Ford 8N tractor during Santa's Railroad Wonderland, 2013
This 1948 Ford 8N tractor is one of the most recent acquisitions at the Texas Transportation Museum. It was acquired with the generous assistance of local lawyer and museum member Anton Hajek. The 8N was introduced as a replacement for the venerable Fordson, one of which a group of local Ford Model T enthusiasts recently found axle deep in mud and which they hope to restore. The 8N will be used both for hard work and play. It can accommodate a brush hog to help keep our large grass areas under control and a box blade for road maintenance. It will also be used at our Halloween and Christmas shows to provide hay rides.
1983 John Deere 310 Front-end loader / back-hoe
1983 John Deere front-end loader / back-hoe
1983 John Deere front-end loader / back-hoe
TTN;s two John Deere tractors
Not the prettiest thing at TTM, this piece of heavy duty equipment is a sight for sore eyes when hard work is on the agenda. We use it to maintain the roads, the tracks, clear brush, dig holes and, on occasion, to retrieve other vehicles when they get bogged down around the property.
1989 GMC 2500 work truck
1989 GMC 3/4 ton pick up truck, donated by SMT Truck Lines of San Antonio
2002 Board Chairman, Hugh Hemphill, using the air compressor on the 1989 GMC 3/4 ton pick-up truck. The truck is a donation from S.M.T. truck lines.
TTM is not an affluent museum in any way. We depend entirely on the generosity of our visitors but we do have a lot of friends in the business community as well. Our strongest supporter is S.M.T. Truck Lines, the last independent trucking company in San Antonio. They have done so much for us, and this truck, donated in June of 2002 is just one example. It has mounted in the bed a powerful yet compact air compressor. We are proud to keep the truck painted in the standard yellow of S.M.T., and we have added some decals, indicating our name, our railroad's logo, the L & W, and also that the truck is a donation from S.M.T.
TTM is a registered 501(c)(3) charity

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