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Traction and Portable Engine Display

2022 Traction and Portable Engines

6HP Brittannia

Manufacturer: Marshall Sons & Co Ltd
Britannia Iron Works, Gainsborough, England

Year of Manufacture: 1907

Country Assembled In: England

Type of Boiler: Colonial

Fuel Used: Wood

Owned By: Antony Pritchett

Location: Hunter Valley 

Restored By: David and Antony Pritchett

Description of Use: Engines of this type which combined a light weight engine and boiler drove pumps Chaff cutters and other agriculture machinery.
They were called portable because they could be carted easily around the country side as needed

Ruston Proctor

Manufacturer: Ruston Proctor Co Ltd of Lincoln UK at the company’s Sheaf Iron Works in Lincoln.

Year of Manufacture: 1913

Country Assembled In: England

Type of Boiler: Fire Tube

Fuel Used: Wood and Coal

Owned By: Jim & Lyndle Hawkes

Location: Kurri NSW

Restored By: Current owners and took over 6 years. The boiler work was completed by Ken Ainsworth of Goulburn.

Description of Use: The Ruston (known as Reverie) is an 8nhp double crank compound 2 speed agricultural traction engine. These engines were designed for mainly agricultural purposes such as powering (via a flat belt) threshing drums, chaff cutters, sawmills, pumps and land clearing.

This engine is also fitted with a winch that could be used to pull logs out of the bush and itself out of bogs. Water is carried in the rear tender and in a belly tank that is suspended under the boiler. Fuel is carried in the coal bunker that is located at the rear of the engine.

Timber is carried in the steel basket that hangs over the rear of the engine.

14 HP Marshall

Manufacturer: Marshall Sons & Co Ltd
Britannia Iron Works, Gainsborough, England

Year of Manufacture: 1911

Country Assembled In: England

Type of Boiler: Locomotive Type

Fuel Used: Wood

Owned By: Kelly and Peter Garnham

Location: Maitland NSW

Restored By: Peter Garnham and members of Maitland Steam and Antique Machinery Association

Description of Use: Engines of this type which combined a light weight engine and boiler drove pumps Chaffcutters and other agriculture machinery.

They were called portable because they could be carted easily around the country side as needed.

8HP Marshall

Manufacturer: Marshall Sons & Co Ltd
Britannia Iron Works, Gainsborough, England

Year of Manufacture: 1914

Country Assembled In: England

Type of Boiler: Locomotive Type

Fuel Used: Wood

Owned By: Ross Taylor

Location: Tamworth

Restored By: Ross Taylor

Description of Use: Used to saw Mill Equiptment

Bill Ives Marshall

Manufacturer: Marshall Sons & Co Ltd
Britannia Iron Works, Gainsborough, England

Year of Manufacture: 1925

Country Assembled In: England

Type of Boiler: Locomotive Type

Fuel Used: Coal or Firewood

Owned By: Bill and Daniel Ives

Location: Brisbane

Restored By: Bob and Bill Ives

Description of Use: Marshall 80161 was built in 1925 and arrived in Australia in February 1926. The Roller was imported for the Queensland Main Roads Commission by the Queensland Machinery Company. The roller was used by main roads in the southeast Queensland area.

The last known job was the Toowoomba range west of Brisbane. It was sold in the early 1960’s to Cyril Cadwallader for preservation. It was subsequently sold to a caravan park builder who used it to build a caravan park at Caboolture. It then went to a private collector and then to a couple of tourist parks.

The last park closed, and the roller again went to a private collector. It wasn’t steamable then and he towed it to roll his driveway with a frontend loader. One day the roller got away and dragged the frontend loader down the road.

Bill bought the roller shortly after that and he and his family have had it running for over 30 years.

Activity details
Date 30 & 31 July 2022
Time 9.00am - 4.00pm
Location The Rally Ground
Entry Free