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Marshall Gainsborough Light No. 2 Traction Engine No. 87843 SOLD

Manufacturer Marshall, Sons & Co. Ltd
Model Gainsborough Light No. 2 Traction Engine
Country of Origin UK
Works No. 87843
Year Built 1936
Weight 6-tons
Condition Good
Asking Price SOLD

We are delighted to have been commissioned to advertise for sale this superbly presented Marshall traction engine. Having recently undergone an extensive restoration, it is in excellent condition throughout and is ready for the buyer to enjoy straight away!

It was built in 1936 for export to Latvia and is a remarkable design known as the Gainsborough Light No. 2. The records suggest 87843 was supplied when new to Marshall agents Meslin of Riga, Latvia. It spent its working life in Latvia and would’ve likely been used for direct ploughing duties amongst other things.  Unfortunately, there is no specific record of what it spent its life in Latvia doing, however the distinctive styling of it (as an export engine) gives us clues, alongside knowing what work similar engines were designed by engine makers to carry out.

87843 was brought back to the UK in the 1998 and a restoration was started sometime later. It was first steamed in around 2011 following extensive works including: new boiler barrel and tubeplate (the firebox was found to be, and remains to be found, in good order); new rear axle, suspension boxes and springs; new man stand; new bunkers; new drawbar and drive pinions. Shortly after this mechanical overhaul, it was acquired by the present owner who has completed the engine to an excellent standard, including a stunning coat of paint to the original specification.

It is a distinctive engine which bears the hallmarks of being a British-built engine designed for export. It is a single cylinder, single-speed design with a clutch transmission. It runs well and drives nicely. A couple of the photos included show the engine at various stages of the rebuild process and really show how far it has come!

Overall, a wonderful machine, an unusual collectors’ piece, and a product of Marshall, Sons & Co Ltd of the famous Britannia Ironworks in Gainsborough.


We always encourage prospective buyers to view vehicles and steam engines in person prior to purchase. This engine is advertised for sale by Berrybrook Steam & Classics on behalf of the owner and seller.

This Marshall traction engine is not based at our premises in Exeter however don’t let that put you off! It is safely stored with the owner and is available for viewings. For the sake of logistics, the engine is based in the North West of England. To arrange a viewing or for more information, speak to Matt or Sean on +44(0)1392 833301 or send an email to [email protected].

Please ask about our flexible part-exchange options. Delivery can be arranged to anywhere in the UK, and beyond, at buyer’s expense.

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If so, we offer two different style days, tailored to suit your needs…

We offer a ‘Traction Engine Experience Day’, perfect as a gift and a fun day out learning a bit about what running a steam engine involves. We also offer a ‘Miniature Driving Lesson’ which is a half day course in the practical use of a scale traction engine.

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