The National Traction Engine Trust

Here are some interesting pictures sent by Bob Main the team leader at Dardanup Heritage Museum in Western Australia.

He writes:

I saw this in Albany last weekend.

Claimed to be a 1890 ploughing engine and the mate to the one in the centre of Gnowangerup. They were supposedly both shipped in directly to Albany in 1890. The owner has just retrieved this one from the wheat-belt. He has no documentation and I can find no serial numbers. It has ‘Boydell endless track shoe’ type of rear wheels. The axle box arrangement also puzzles me; the left hand one facing to the right, but inside the horn plate whereas the right hand one also faces to the right but is on the outside of the horn plate. The one casting supports the two shafts but between the two shafts is a surface cast to take some other fitting. Alongside this surface are eight bolt holes. See behind the fire-hole door.

It is very rough and you can see that the rear axle and the second shaft are both bent after it fell off a truck some 30 years ago. The water tender, probably made in Western Australia has its own wheels but was somehow bolted to the bottom of the horn plates. I think the steering chain barrel support brackets have been changed. I can find not provision of any sort for any drive mechanism for a drum. There is no room between the flywheel and the horn plates for any vertical drive shaft. There is however a bracket under the forward end of the barrel that might have been used to support the forward part of a drum.



16 Oct 2010