Traction Engines and Other Steam Road Engines
Derek Rayner

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ISBN Number: 0 7478 0525 3
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Shire Books

Traction engines developed in the mid 1860s and were usually dirty, noisy and somewhat crude to handle. They were driven initially by men who were perhaps not very skilled in handling them but these men were not just drivers – they developed the task into an art. This book brings together much information about these engines, from the earliest to the latest. Attention is also given to the various derivatives of the traction engine – the humble portable, the well-known steam roller, the little steam tractor, majestic road locomotives and ploughing engines and, not least, the King of the Road, the glorious and glittering showman’s engine.

The informative text is accompanied by illustrations that show something of the age in which traction engines worked and of the age when they became treasured historic relics. Engines appear at rallies and other events all over Great Britain and in many other countries. On these occasions they are visited and admired by thousands of people and are now part of our engineering heritage.

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