Friday, October 1, 2010


SMN report
Here’s another in Corgi’s long-running 1:50 scale ‘Vintage Glory of Steam’ series, and it’s well up to the standard set by others in the range. This one is the Burrell 7 NHPP DCC Works No 3159, a road locomotive delivered to Anderton & Rowland in 1909, to haul A&R’s fairground machinery and exhibits around south-western parts of the UK.

Nostalgic steam fairs
Steam power is a real nostalgia-inducer these days, with summer steam fairs giving owners and public a chance to revel in these huge monsters of times past. Of course, they were not all huge beasts - as you can see in the pic above, there are plenty of scale models around, complete with a working engine for reduced-scale fun. Cheaper on the coal needed for the furnace too!

Working traction engines
These machines were built to work, and hard too. A long leather drive belt enabled owners to supply power for almost anything required, from sawing logs and threshing grain to hauling fairground stuff and, by adding a heavy steel roller on the front, you had a roadroller. This flexibility made them highly useful machines, though like metal dinosaurs, they become more than a little slow and cumbersome for the changing conditions of the early 20th century.

By the mid-1920s, a typical traction engine had become far more expensive to run than a truck with an internal-combustion engine. 
Visit Corgi here.

Have a look at some traction engines here. Note there’s a discount on Corgi’s price.

The pictures show, top to bottom:
1  Corgi Anderton & Rowland Showman’s traction engine.
2  Working small-scale replica, roughly 1:10 scale.
3  Controls of a full-size engine.
4  Show-winning vintage steam.
5  Using a leather belt to power a sawing machine.