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NEW PRICE 6″ Scale Burrell Traction Engine SO540

Model TypeTraction Engine
Boiler MakerFully Certified, Non-Commercial
Boiler ConstructionWelded Steel
DesignBased on the Plastow design
ConditionReady to go
New Asking Price£44,995

An unusual opportunity to own a 6” scale, single cylinder traction engine, based on one of the most popular designs in miniature traction engine engineering.

This nicely presented 6” scale traction engine is based on the drawings for the much smaller 3” scale Burrell, to the well-known design by H. R. Plastow. Plastow’s drawings were based on the moderately sized 6NHP Burrell general purpose traction engine. This half-size example was completed in 2006 after a four-year build and was first seen on the rally circuit at Rempstone in 2006. It has been rallied regularly since then and today is found in good running order and is being sold in ready to go condition!

The unique size means it can be operated comfortably by both one or two people on the road and rally field. It is conveniently mounted on vulcanised rubber tyres and fitted with a double seat for comfortable use on hard ground. This one is road registered and includes a current V5C in the folder of paperwork. It handles nicely with a responsive regulator and, as would be expected of an engine this size, it steams freely. It is a single cylinder engine and is two speed, as typical for a traction engine of this design. Weighing in at just over a tonne, it is a good size which is relatively easy to manage logistically but still gives the fun of owning a larger engine. It is a capable miniature and will give the new owner plenty of enjoyment. The paint suits the engine nicely and it is a very traditional livery.

In terms of the boiler paperwork, it is a non-commercial boiler which was built to a high standard. Within the paperwork you will find the correct certification for the steel used and the welds for the construction. This paperwork is, of course, available for inspection when viewing the engine. Since completion, the engine has been subject to a good history of commercial boiler inspections which are also included in the folder of paperwork.

Please speak to us about boiler testing options going forward for the 2023 – the boiler tests are generally up-to-date. In terms of its condition, the boiler is in good condition. The most recent thickness reports show no issues of note aside from the usual slight pitting in places. The tubes, fitted from new, are faring well with general oxidisation noted but were considered generally to be all in good order when last inspected.

As standard, we will always carry out our usual checks on it before it leaves our premises, and we will resolve any notable faults identified at that point. As a ready to go engine, it does also benefit from including a half-day tuition session within the price. This is for familiarising the new owner with their engine before taking it home – do ask for details of this if you think you would be interested in making use of this offer.

In recent years, the engine has been subject to some work to maintain it to the high standard it is found in today. It is, overall, an excellent and honest half-size miniature which really strikes the balance between being usable and manageable.

Asking Price – £49,995

New Asking Price – £44,995

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!

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

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.

Height66 inches
Width41 inches
Length92 inches
Weight (approx.)TBC

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!

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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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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…

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