Your Book of Traction Engines 
by Alan Bloom
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ISBN Number: 0571104134
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 78
Publication Date: 1975
Publisher: Faber and Faber Limited

Now that the great majority of traction engines have been destroyed, those that remain excite admiration and nostalgia. In the early years of the century they were taken for granted and many were still in regular use as late as 1940, but after the war they rapidly disappeared and by the 1960s the few survivors were fetching high prices. Alan Bloom, the owner of the famous Bressingham collection and the author of Steam Engines at Bressingham, has written an account of their rise and fall which will fascinate anyone who has ever attended a rally or felt the attraction of these impressive machines.

In addition to the true traction engine, which was used for road haulage and was the forerunner of the motor lorry, the term now covers steam waggons, rollers, ploughing engines, Showmen's engines (used at fairs) and general purpose agricultural engines. Mr Bloom describes all these, including some weird and wonderful machines such as the 'Steam Elephant' and the 'Walking Digger' which were too impracticable to survive for long.

The book is illustrated with a collection of striking and unusual photographs.

Condition: Very good.

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