The National Traction Engine Trust

Four senior members of the traction engine movement were made Honorary Members of the Trust at the recent AGM at Meriden. Presentations were made by the new President Andrew Semple. All of them have been engine owners for more than 50 years!

Hamish Orr-Ewing
In 1958 Hamish answered an advertisement in the personal column of The Times for Marshall 73901 Princess Mary. Over the years he has owned a number of engines and only recently passed the Marshall to a new custodian. In the 1960’s Hamish was Treasurer of the NTEC and an early advocate of all engines having a boiler certificate – something we now take for granted. He has also been a patron of the Trust for a number of years.


John Plaister
John was much involved with helping some of the very early preservationists. In 1952 he bought his first engine, Marshall portable 85954. Later he became the owner of Marshall roller 70884 but both of the engines were sold in 1959 so he could purchase Marshall traction 71837.


Albert Fensom
Albert grew up with steam. His family operated a number of engines commercially which were always very smart and well turned out. The tradition of operating a well maintained engine with all paintwork and brass immaculate continues with Albert’s Foden D type tractor 13266.

Albert Fensom

Ian Woollett
Ian purchased his first engine in 1950 – Foden C type tractor 13358 for £25! Later in 1953, as he says, he’ saw the light’ and purchased, Sentinel S4 waggon 8448 for £35! The Foden was sold but he still owns the Sentinel.

22 Nov 2011