Broke-Down Farm Equipment


Abandoned barns, decrepit factories and broken down equipment fascinate me.  I ponder the stories behind these once highly functional things that now rest in a decaying state. As testament to the utility of the wheel, the circular form is often present in such man-made landscapes.  There’s also the mystery, mundane though it may be, about why particular discarded objects come to be abandoned in a given place and usually piled together randomly with other well-worn debris.  The unkempt farm field, the ramshackle shed off to the side of a property or the makeshift junkyard along an overgrown  path all withhold such stories.

These photos of old farm equipment are from just such a place alongside a back-country road I happened upon early one morning near Granville Ferry, N.S.


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56 responses

  1. These scenes take me back to my farm days on the Canadian prairies. My dad had abandoned machinery on his property. I often wondered why it was just left to rust in the fields. I should have asked him.

  2. Thanks for this beautiful post. If you ever find yourself driving through the (deep) southern section of Alberta, a stop in the one-horse town of Etzikom is well worthwhile; there is a windmill museum there without peer (to my knowledge) and the museum also has a variety of old farm equipment as well as interior items of interest (musical instruments and old office equipment from the 1920s, as I recall).

  3. I’ve become so use to seeing equipment abandoned on fields, I’ve always felt they are part of a typical farm. Although now that I think about it, they really don’t need to be there. Interesting post and great shots!

  4. Abandoned homes always make Alie wonder about their history. In addition to your interesting subject matter, I am again impressed at the beauty you found that I might have overlooked.

  5. Grew up on such a farm in Ontario and was very attached to my Grampa ‘s old tractor especially after he died. It stayed on the farm even tho it didn’t work anymore and reminded us of him.

  6. Driving in the North America on my travels I often wondered why exactly there are so many old cars/wrecks/farm machinery etc. standing around, abandoned and decaying. In Germany where I live we see that far less.

  7. Wonderful images, Brett. These poignant photos are true reflections of past lives and simpler times. What stories the abandoned equipment could tell! Many thanks for posting.

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  9. I, too, have a fascination of old barns, etc. I love taking photos of them. Sometimes a photo is all that’s left of them, as they may collapse on their own or be taken down by some human intervention. Passing by, on the way home from a visit from Iowa, I passed by these abandoned farm implements. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any closer, mainly because it was fenced off and I was freezing, as it was in the dead of winter. Perhaps you might like to take a quick look at them at
    I also wish to thank you for stopping by my f-stop fantasy to begin with. 🙂

  10. My tiny town in Michigan holds a fall “Harvest Moon” festival each year, featuring a lot of old but still functioning farm equipment. I ran across a tractor make that I’d never seen before, found the owner and discovered it was a Canadian product. It was the brand name more than anything that totally cracked me up–“Cockshutt”!

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