The National Traction Engine Trust

As many people will be aware, for some considerable time the National Traction Engine Trust has been working hard to try and find a way in which owners and crew can legally and equally as importantly, affordably extract water from Fire Hydrants.  It’s a path of negotiation that has often met with frustration, but we are delighted to be able to announce that we are now in a position to introduce the ‘Authorised Water Extraction Scheme' for steam vehicles on the road.

The scheme has been negotiated by David Smith, Head of our Technical Services Unit and Richard Coffey, Managing Director of Aqam Water Services, who now have sufficient water utility companies on board to proceed with the first phase of a 2 phase scheme.

Phase 1 is 'Calm Network Training' or CNT.

This will be a FREE to NTET members on-line training and examination facility administered by AQUAM and the NTET.  The successful candidate will recieve an AQUAM Calm Network Training Certificate.

The NTET are hoping to initially attract large numbers of members to the Scheme and that this initial 'bulk training' period should be concluded by end 2016. This will showcase the interest in the scheme to the water industry.

Phase 2 is the launch of the 'Authorised Water Extraction Scheme'. This will be the actual working of the scheme deatails of which will follow.

We openly encourage all engine owners and crew members who are members of the Trust to register for the online training, via  – it will cost you nothing, yet will lead to you being able to extract water from hydrants nationwide without the need for metered equipment, or fear of prosecution.  All we need at this stage is your contact details and of course membership number.

Chairman of the National, Anthony Coulls commented, “We are delighted to be working with the water industry on what I believe is perhaps the most important single positive development for the road steam world in my lifetime. Any engine crew taking water from a hydrant over the last three decades will have done so with one eye over their shoulder for the water authority. It must be stressed that this is being driven by our friends in the water industry and we all owe them every cooperation as the scheme progresses”

The NTET is aware that there will be plenty of engine owners and crew members who are not members of the Trust who might wish to take part in phase one of the scheme (every person with their hand on the stand pipe will need a CNT Cert. – which is free).  We openly invite you to join us to take advantage of Phase One of the Scheme, contact our membership secretary via quoting ‘ntet-hydrants’ and she will happily welcome you on board.

Further details about the launch of the Scheme about how Phase 2 is to work  will follow in the coming weeks and months.


07 Jul 2016