The National Traction Engine Trust

The NTET Marquee this year will host a display on ‘Farming with Steam’ and focusing this year with Threshing by Steam. The display of exhibits is aimed at bringing together in the marquee excellent examples of farming equipment and engines in ‘Show’ condition, allowing visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal.

The major exhibits will include:

1906 Marshall 6HP Compound Traction Engine ‘Darling Downs’, exported through agents McLennan, Brisbane, Australia and having worked for one fame, was eventually re imported back into the UK in 2011.

The Engine was acquired by the Scourfield family from Pembrokeshire and fully rebuilt and recently hand finished painted by Johnson’s of Bank, before being exhibited for the first time in the UK since its return here at Great Dorset Steam Fair this year.

The engine is belted up to a classic Marshall Threshing Drum supplied for our exhibition by Barry Peacock from Cambridgeshire.

Another example of a 6 HP Marshall Traction Engine, on display outside the marquee is a reminder of how they were often found after being pushed to one side in a farmyard and left alone for many years to waste away under the elements. ‘Peggy’ a single cylinder example, has also just recently been acquired by the Scourfield Family and is and always was a local engine from Pembrokeshire and known to many enthusiasts and potential purchasers having sat outside in the open since 1942. Used for stone crushing and threshing, we understand that this will be the only time this engine will be exhibited in this condition and the next time hopefully again with the NTET here at Great Dorset with all her former glory restored.

The Shuttleworth Collection from Old Warden in Bedfordshire, well known with their links to the family firm of Clayton and Shuttleworth are exhibiting in the marquee, a Clayton and Shuttleworth Chaff Cutter, also found on use either in conjunction with a drum or as in this case driven independently by a small portable engine. The chaff cutter has only recently been completed, following restoration by the Collections volunteers and engineers and exhibited here again for the first time, along side a typical period living van, often travelling with the contractors from farm to farm. This is a rare example of a Clayton and Shuttleworth van and visitors are able to take a look inside at the conditions that the crews would live in.

Ransomes Sims & Jefferies 2 nhp portable engine  ‘Smokey Joe’  Built circa 1914 and exported to Chile along with many others until repatriated in 2007 by Michelle Goddard of Wiltshire and then purchased by the Scourfield family, who again undertook a full restoration over a two year period.

Garrett 3 Ton Overtype Steam Wagon, No 30826, Built 1912 was supplied new to Charles Marston a miller of Bungay, Earsham on the Norfolk / Suffolk border and typical of the transport used by millers up and down the country. This wagon was partially scrapped in the late 1930’s and the remains of the chassis were eventually acquired by the Worbey family in 2002, who have rebuilt and reconstructed this unique wagon to the appearance it was when delivered to Charles Marston. This is the wagon’s first appearance here at Great Dorset.

The NTET is also proud to exhibit outside its marquee the late Len Crane’s John Fowler B6 Crane Engine, ‘Wolverhampton Wanderer’ . This attractive Road Locomotive is well known to visitors at Great Dorset.  Len Crane was a long standing member and recent appointed Hon. Life Member of the Trust shortly before he died and was a friend and long standing supporter of the Trust.  The Fowler is exhibited again at Great Dorset this year in his memory.

Amongst these exhibits, the NTET will also be providing for visitors complementary tea and coffee and somewhere to sit and chat to friends and colleagues and Officers of the Trust.  In addition, the Steam Apprentice Club will have as usual a busy stand with many displays of what the Steam Apprentice Club gets up to during the year, including on display their recently finished 4” Burrell single cylinder traction engine, ‘Lady Sylvia’. Budding young steam apprentices are encouraged to come along and learn how they can join and become involved with ‘steam’.

The NTET Sales stand, known for their range of specialist books on all road steam will be comprehensively stocked with a wide range of publications and NTET regalia, along side Lisa Crankshaw who will be on hand to talk to potential members about the benefits of joining the best movement in the world, intent on preserving our heritage with steam on the road.

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25 Aug 2015