Traction Cover

The Traction Engine in Scotland
By Alexander Hayward

Publisher: National Museums Scotland
ISBN 13: 978-1-905267-58-3
Illustrations: 130 sepia and black and white, 30 color
Dimensions: 9 1/2" x 7 1/4"
Price: $25.00
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    The Garrett Steam Wagon (1925), the Marshall Traction Engine (1907) , the Abdul Aziz Road Engine (1866), James Usher's Steam Digger (1850s), Chaplin's Steam Traction and Carrying Wagon 'Hercules' (1862) , Flower's Single-Cylinder Ploughing Engine with stone scroop (1874) are among the wonderful machines that powered road haulage and treshing mills, that did the ploughing and worked in threshing mills and helped build roads until the internal combustion engine in the 1920s. But even up the the 1950s they continued to be utilized.

    For the many devotees of these variegated and ingenious engineering marvels, part of the nostalgic feeling they engender comes from the symbiotic relationship that existed between the machine and the men who drove them. Farmers and enginners are among the many at today's popular engine and steam rallies. This book tracks the story of the traction engine in Great Britain wtih a wonderful, annnotated illustrated glossary running throughout.

    Full of memorabilia, historical facts about their construction, the people who used them, how they were used and their restoration. Illustrated glossary. Traction engines were employed in Scotland from the middle of the 18th century until the 1980's -- for roads, hauling, powering, trashing, ploughing and road making.

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