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Model Type  Class SC Double Crank Compound 
Manufacturer Ruston & Hornsby
Power 7NHP
Works No. 122300
Registration No. CJ 7207
Year Built 1924
Country of Origin UK
Condition Excellent 
Gears 2-speed
New Price £155,000


We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to present for sale this gorgeous Ruston & Hornsby SC. Thought to be one of the, if not the, last of its type in preservation.

122300 was supplied new on 16th August 1924 to S. Speakman of Stagbatch House, Herefordshire for use on his farm and for local contractor threshing. Mr S. Speakman also owned Ruston & Proctor 50514 ‘King George V’ which sadly never made it into preservation and so 122300, having no name in its working days, now fittingly bears the name in honour of 50514. During Speakman’s ownership of 122300, she was driven by Mr G. Simmons of Leominster.

Mr S. Speakman was declared bankrupt around 1940 and so both engines were sold by a receiver to an unknown. 122300 was acquired shortly after by H. Gulliver & Sons who specialised in site clearance for aerodromes during the war. She was used for tree stump clearance across the country and was also on hire to the United States Army Air Force at Raydon for the purpose of raising steam to clean their lorries. During this time, she was stored when not in use at Gilberts of Leighton Buzzard.

In 1944, Gilberts of Leighton Buzzard sold 122300 on behalf of H. Gulliver to Mr L. B. Faulkner, a steam contractor of Leighton Buzzard who passed away almost immediately after purchasing the engine. As such, by 1945, she was sold for scrap to F. W Carter of Dunstable where she ended up buried under 4000 tons of scrap – a potentially sad end to a hard-working career.

Thirteen years passed with 122300 at the bottom of the pile which was eventually cleared in 1958 when Mr G. Evans, an ex-steam contractor, saw the rising value of such traction engines and so purchased her from Carter’s yard. In 1962, she was sold to Mr Anstey who had the intention of restoring 122300 to her former, working glory.

Sadly, with limited facilities and know-how the engine was stripped but never reassembled so was sold in 1965 to Mr W. Rasberry of Kings Lynn who reassembled 122300 to functioning state. Mr Rasberry reregistered 122300 for the road in 1966, having presumably lost the original number plate, they used the number ‘290 EPW’. We have the buff logbook included in the paperwork which states, at that point, ‘previous history not known’. Presumably, between 1966 and today, the historical information was acquired, and the original registration number was reclaimed. In the end, Mr Peter J. Coles bought the engine from Mr. Rasberry in 1968 and gave her a long overdue restoration to begin her life in preservation.

Since 1968, she has passed through a handful owners to get where she is today. 122300 was given a boiler rebuild in 1990 by A. G. & R. K. Bicknell when under the ownership of Bernard Jeffs who rallied her for a number of years, according to the documents.

Since Mr Jeff’s ownership, she has been well cared for and presented today in superb condition. It is currently in steam ticket until June 2020 and the most recent hydraulic test was in 2012. The current boiler inspection has been carried out by a very well-reputed inspector who deems the boiler in good order. The documents suggest the tubes were replaced in 2013. This example has certainly been given the clean bill of health. For further information about the details of the inspections, both current and historic, please do ask.

Painted in a flattering livery, 122300 is on new tyres which are mounted over the strakes. A 2-speed General Purpose arrangement, the high gear ratio has been altered to slow the flywheel. Fitted with the typical mechanical feed pump, steam injector and water lifter. She is also fitted with a winch cable and a very pleasant bunker extension. The view from the footplate is impressive. The double crank compound arrangement makes for a powerful traction engine which stands proud. The sale is to include a selection of required extras including; the lamps pictured, a selection of firing irons and shovel and an appropriate canvas.

Overall, a fantastic traction engine which will certainly hold its one on any rally field and would be excellent fun on the road. It is available for viewings from our premises near Exeter. We do ask any interested party to contact us prior to viewing.


NEW Asking Price - £155,000


This Ruston & Hornsby traction engine is available for viewing at our premises near Exeter. For more information, please speak to Matt or Sean on 01392 833301 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.As with all our vehicles listed for sale, we strongly recommend viewing in person. Appointments are essential so ensure you book before travelling to us for a viewing. 


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