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4 1/2″ Scale Burrell Traction Engine SO641

Model Type General Purpose Traction Engine
Boiler Construction Welded Steel
Design H. R. Plastow
Boiler Maker Non-commercial
Boiler Year 1988
Condition Ready to go
Asking Price £17,995

An example of the popular 4 1/2″ scale Burrell single cylinder traction engine built using casting and drawings to the design by H. R. Plastow and supplied today by Bridport Foundry. A slightly earlier build, this one is recorded as having been built in 1988. A recent inspection (2021) notes that the previous recorded hydraulic was in 1994, suggesting there was a possible period of inactivity or unrecorded use. Regardless, the boiler today is in a presentable condition with good thickness readings.

It is a well-assembled miniature which has been maintained well yet, being a little older, manages to capture the charm of an original traction engine.

Key Features:

  • The welded steel boiler with copper tubes was made in 1988 and is accompanied by the expected documentation from the time. We would be happy to include a new commercial boiler inspection if requested.
  • A single-cylinder, 2-speed arrangement with a slide valve actuated by a Stephenson’s linkage.
  • Mechanical water pump and steam injector fitted for filling the boiler when in steam, as standard.
  • Steam whistle, mechanical lubricator, and pressure release valves, as expected.
  • Well-built to a high standard throughout. It has been maintained well with many nice features not found on every miniature. The finish is good and it was clearly build by an accomplished engineer.
  • The paintwork is in good condition. It successfully captures the charm of an original traction engine without looking tired – it polishes up nicely and looks the part with a traditional livery.
  • The wheels are on original metal strakes, further adding to the impression that this a largely prototypical miniature. It is registered for use on the road with a V5C.
  • Includes a half-day tuition session, if requested by the buyer. 

Overall, a nicely presented, honest miniature Burrell traction engine!

Asking Price – £17,995

Warranty and Aftercare – All our ‘ready to go’ miniature steam traction engines include a 3-month warranty and a subsequent 33 months of technical support!

For more information, please speak to Matt on 01392 833301 or email [email protected]

As with all our miniature steam traction engines listed for sale, we recommend viewing in person where possible. Appointments are recommended so please try to contact us before travelling for a viewing. 

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

Height 45 1/4 inches
Width 29 1/2 inches
Length 70 inches
Weight (approx.) 500kg

Please note – dimensions and weights indicated above are approximate for guidance only. They exclude any easily removable components such as trailers, seats, spark arrestors etc and are supplied to give an indication of the storage or van space needed!

For Sale


Do you want to get involved in the world of steam? Are you considering buying a miniature steam engine? Are you stuck for a gift idea or are you simply looking for a good day out?

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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We specialise in the sale of steam engines and historic vehicles of all shapes and sizes! 

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

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Visit the official Berrybrook Steam & Classics online shop where we sell a range of steam-related products including gifts, parts and accessories for your miniature steam engine, gift vouchers for steam experience days and branded clothing!

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Milbury Model Company

We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new partner website, the Milbury Model Company!

Our newest department is dedicated to supplying high-quality, brand new model and toy-sized steam engines, spares, accessories, gifts and more…

We are an official stockist for the complete range of Wilesco products which is sold from our Devon-based shop and is available to buy online.

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The Berrybrook Blog

Looking to find out more about the preservation movement, traction engines, historic vehicles or our heritage?

The Berrybrook Blog visits a range of topics to interest all readers!

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We specialise in selling steam engines and historic vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

If you are looking to sell your steam engine or historic vehicle, we make both cash offers and sell on commission.

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