From the Archive: Traction Engine Photos (Part 1)

With the beginning of the preservation movement in the 1960s, the attraction to traction engines became one marked by a nostalgia for days gone-by. At Berrybrook Steam & Classics, we understand that this nostalgia is central to the continuation of the preservation movement, and collectively, what can be referred to as our ‘industrial heritage’.

To ensure the survival of this heritage, and to preserve and promote, as custodians, the history of these prestigious machines, we have collected and maintained a collection of archival material and memorabilia relating to traction engines and the early days of motoring.  

Within this, an eclectic collection of traction engine related photographs, postcards and books offer an attractive resource telling the story of traction engines.

Shown in this blogpost, is a sample of the imagery contained within this collection, including some of our earliest postcards dating from 1911, to photographs taken during the 1960s, at the outset of the preservation movement. The photographs show iconic traction engines, including “Kitchener” (now The Iron Maiden), and Burrell Scenic Showman’s Road Locomotive General Gough, amongst others.

To see a full list of reference material held by Berrybrook, go to our Library.

Figure 1 A postcard dated to 1911 showing men working a threshing machine with an unidentified General Purpose traction engine. Photo by H. W. Harbord, 5 Crescent Place, Brighton
Figure 2 General Gough, circa. 1960s.
Figure 3 Light tractor, possibly a Tasker, with water bowser during its working life. Circa. 1920s.
Figure 4 Owner cleaning his Wallis & Steevens General Purpose 7115, “Boxer’s Beauty” (HO 5815) at a rally. Circa. 1960s.
Figure 5 “Bult in 1916. Still Going Strong”. Streetly Garage Ltd. Foden Steam Lorry at a rally. Circa. 1960s.
Figure 6 Unidentified Wallis and Steevens traction engine loaded with thresher and baler. Circa. 1910s.
Figure 7 A postcard. “Seen at the Annual Bealieu, Hampshire Traction Engine Rally is this Fowlers Showmans Engine No. 15657 “Kitchener” (The Iron Maiden) which was built in 1920 and is owned by Mr. J. Crawley of Turvey, Beds.”

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