Waterloo Boy

The Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co. of Waterloo, Iowa grew out of an earlier company that was associated with John Froelich's early experiments in tractor design circa 1892. Two decades passed before the Waterloo Co. introduced its next tractor, the "Waterloo Boy One-Man Tractor", which was a prairie giant yielding around 25 hp. The company soon moved towards more lightweight machines, and its 12-24 "Waterloo Boy" released in 1914 was the shape of things to come: it used a two-cylinder horizontal engine with a mid-mounted radiator and the fuel tank positioned up front. This tractor formed the basis for the Waterloo Boy Model R (single-speed) and Model N (two-speed), which proved highly successful and sold in large numbers. In 1918 the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Co. was purchased by John Deere, who continued to produce Waterloo Boy tractors until the mid 1920s. Waterloo Boy tractors were also sold in the UK by Associated Engineers as the "Overtime".

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Overtime (Waterloo Boy) Model R (serial no. 3508, built 1916) at Stapehill Abbey Museum, Dorset, England in 2006.



Overtime (Waterloo Boy) Model R (serial no. 6315, built 1917) at the Little Casterton Working Weekend, Lincolnshire, England in 2006.



Overtime (Waterloo Boy) Model R (serial no. 6321, built 1917) photographed in a private collection in the UK in 2013.



Overtime (Waterloo Boy) Model R (serial no. 7081, built 1918) at Carrington Rally, Lincolnshire, England in 2005. This tractor has an engine with a Waterloo Boy serial plate but the chassis is from a tractor that was sold as an Overtime.



Overtime (Waterloo Boy) Model R (serial no. 7942, built 1918) at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Dorset, England in 2010.



Overtime (Waterloo Boy) Model R (serial no. 7954, built 1918) at Breamore Countryside Museum, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England in 2012.



Waterloo Boy Model R with John Deere single-row corn picker at the John Deere Collectors Center, Moline, Illinois, USA in 2004.



Overtime (Waterloo Boy) Model R at the Yorkshire Vintage Association Rally, Newby Hall, Yorkshire, England in 2009.



Overtime (Waterloo Boy) Model R at the Yorkshire Vintage Association Rally, Newby Hall, Yorkshire, England in 2009.



Overtime (Waterloo Boy) Model R at Onslow Park Rally, Shropshire, England in 2009.



Waterloo Boy Model N (serial no. 10955, built 1918) at the Vooroorlogse Tractorshow Bergeijk, Netherlands in 2011.



Waterloo Boy Model N (serial no. 11665, built 1918) at the Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test and Power Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA in 2011. A Waterloo Boy (but not this particular one) was the first tractor tested at Nebraska.



Overtime (Waterloo Boy) Model N (serial no. 14420, built 1919) at Onslow Park Rally, Shropshire, England in 2008. This tractor was originally sold as an Overtime but has been restored in Waterloo Boy colours.



Waterloo Boy Model N (serial no. 14857, built 1919) at Yesterday's Farming, Somerset, England in 2002. This tractor has an engine with a Waterloo Boy serial plate but been restored as an Overtime.



Overtime (Waterloo Boy) Model N (serial no. 15262, built 1919) at the Little Casterton Working Weekend, Lincolnshire, England in 2006.



Waterloo Boy Model N (serial no. 16086, built 1919) at Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion, Rollag, Minnesota, USA in 2011.



Overtime (Waterloo Boy) Model N (serial no. 19484, built 1920) photographed in a private collection in the UK in 2013.



Waterloo Boy Model N (serial no. 25144, built 1920) at the Conservatoire de l'Agriculture - Le Compa, Chartres, France in 2007.



Waterloo Boy Model N (serial no. 26364, built 1920) at the John Deere Pavilion, Moline, Illinois, USA in 2004.



Waterloo Boy Model N (serial no. 26963, built 1920) at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Waterloo Boy Model N (serial no. 29762, built 1924) at Bonanzaville, Fargo, North Dakota, USA in 2011.



Waterloo Boy Model N at Onslow Park Rally, Shropshire, England in 2008.



Waterloo Boy Model N at the Heidrick Ag History Center, Woodland, California, USA in 2005.



Waterloo Boy Model N at Onslow Park Rally, Shropshire, England in 2007.



Waterloo Boy Model N at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista, California, USA in 2008.



Waterloo Boy Model N at Pioneer Village, Minden, Nebraska, USA in 2011.

 


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