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Model Type   Geiser R Traction Engine
Manufacturer  Peerless
Power  6NHP
Works No.  4726
Year Built  1895
Country of Origin  USA
Dry Weight (approx.)   6 1/4 ton
Gears  Single speed
Price  £85,000

 

We are pleased to be offering for sale the only operational Peerless traction engine outside of the USA. Works number 4726 was built in 1895 by the Geiser Manufacturing Company in Pennsylvania, USA and is offered for sale today in restored and running order, with a fresh 10-year hydraulic certificate.

The American traction engine is often considered a very different beast to its counterparts over the Atlantic. This example is no exception, it is rated at 6NHP but weighs in dry at only 6 ¼ tons. It has a single drive gear and an unusual motion arrangement compared to other engines found on the UK rally fields. In all, it equates to a very distinctive traction engine which certainly appeals to those looking for the unusual. It was allegedly supplied new to a Keith Mason, Clarkesburg, West Virginia. The subsequent history and details of how it spent its working life and beyond is unknown. The thread can only be picked up again around 15 years ago when it was imported to the UK in a very poor condition by another UK dealer.

The current owner purchased the engine at this time and began a 5-year restoration to bring it to the condition presented today. It was in a poor state when imported and so the following work, plus much more, was required to return it to operation; news gears, new boiler barrel and tubes, new piston rod, new front axle, rebuilt wheels using hickory wood, new second shaft, repaired axle bearings, new canopy, re-machined flywheel and more. Since the restoration, it has been rallied successfully for 10-years.

Today, it is offered for sale with a new 10-year hydraulic and a fresh steam certificate to allow the buyer immediate use. The work carried out has been done to a high standard and it can be found today in good condition, it gives the impression of being a working engine with those distinctive lines of an American built steam traction engine. Fittingly named ‘Princess America’, Peerless No. 4726 has also been mounted on rubber tyres for more comfortable driving on hard ground. Being a single speed, it is a not a fast machine, as was typical of many of the American engines, but we imagine the ratio means it could certainly pull a fair load if needed.

We understand that this Peerless may be of interest to those outside of the UK too. We are therefore more than happy to discuss export and shipping costs with any interested party globally. Please do give us a call on +44(0)1392 833301 in the first instance to lodge your interest and discuss the options.

 

Asking Price for Peerless No. 4726 - £85,000

 

This Peerless traction engine is not currently based at our premises, however we will liaise with the vendor and interested parties to arrange any viewings. For more information or to arrange a viewing, speak to Matt or Sean on +44(0)1392 833301 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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If you are looking to sell your steam engine or classic vehicle, we make both cash offers and sell on commission and we would be more than happy to discuss the sale of your vehicle with you. 

 

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