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These steam powered engines were
used for various duties including general
haulage and for powering other machines such
as threshing machines, saw mills and many other things.
They were available in several sizes and were a
from the "portable engine". Portables were simply a
steam engine and flywheel mounted on wheels.
This was moved around by horses. One
day someone had the brilliant idea of
connecting the engine to the wheels
so that it could move itself!
The power was usually
transferred to other machines
via a long flat belt. This is very often
demonstrated at steam rallies with the engine
powering a saw bench or other machine. Careful
alignment is required to ensure both wheels are exactly
in line otherwise the belt will keep falling off, stopping production.
||This photograph shows a traction engine at
Netley Marsh Steam Rally in Hampshire. This rally is very near to
where I live. In fact it's so close that we can hear the public
address system at times.
||This is the same venue and shows an engine
entering the arena for the grand parade of engines.
||Here's another traction engine.
Notice that some have a canopy, whereas other do not.
||Look at this one closely.... Oops! It
There are some superb scale models around. The result of many
hundreds our hours of painstaking work. Well worth a close look
when at a rally.
||Back to Dorset here and a traction engine
driving a saw bench.
||These engines are demonstrating their power
in the heavy haulage arena at the Dorset Steam Fair.
This huge arena is fascinating as all kinds of "heavy haulage"
is in action. I could sit here all day watching it!
||This is a Wallis and Steevens traction
engine at Netley Marsh steam rally in 2009.
I was lucky enough to be allowed to steer this one around the
arena. What a thrill!
||This traction engine is busy powering a saw bench
at Netley Marsh.
It's interesting to hear the change of note as the engine is put under
||This is the running gear of the Wallis and
Steevens traction engine, taken from the footplate.
This clip was taken from the footplate of the Wallis and
Steevens engine at Netley Marsh in 2009.
In this clip there are a couple of traction
engines. One is driving the saw bench which is in use.