Engines for Sale

Road steam engines: Traction engine, wagon, road roller, portable and stationary steam engines occasionally for sale. Some steam spares available.


Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies pump

Portable steam engine water pump. Fits to the boiler barrel with stud centres 12 1/2″ x 5 inches. I suspect it is from a larger engine – 8hp or more. There must be a portable missing it somewhere !


Robey & Co. Ltd; Undertype Portable Steam Engine no. 49116

This engine was supplied new to Hesleyside Hall, a large private country estate in Northumberland. It ran a small sawmill on the estate for a mere 15 years or so and was always kept in immaculate condition. For several years it was located at the Penrith Steam Museum and the last of the photographs below is from that time, taken by Chris Allen. All the boiler work required was completed and hydraulic tested January 2020. The original lagging sheets and brass bands just require fitting once she is set up in her new permanent position. The photos show the completed boiler, firebox during fitting, firebox crown support and the complete engine.

Single cylinder steam pump

Single cylinder, vertical steam pumping engine by Parke & Lacy Company. The company, based in San Fransisco, California provided steam pumping engines to act as the fire pumps on the new skyscrapers in the city. Circa 1900. Interesting design with hortizontal crosshead, apparently as a ‘space saver’ on the overall vertical height. Stands 41″ tall.


Two cylinder steam, twin drum capstan / winding engine for restoration

This two cylinder engine was manufactured by Charles D. Phillips of Gloucester & Newport. It was purchased from British Coal in 1988 following the closure of the Lady Windsor colliery in Ynysybwl in South Wales. It was situated by the headgear of the downcast shaft. There is a file of research on the manufacture and some correspondance relating to the purchase from British Coal. Weight approximately 3 tons.


GWR dray used for traction trailer

From our own collection, this GWR dray has been used by us behind our Garrett 4CD as a traction trailer. It tows very well and is a useful size yet compact. She has had some of the wheels professionally rebuilt and is all painted up as original. I was told she was supplied new to Hereford Station. There is a photo on the home page of her behind the Garrett.

She had been used by the previous owner for showing with his cob in the equestrian classes.

Ruston Proctor Portable Steam Engine

A 1909 built engine, 8hp, with some very interesting features including ‘Rider’ Type Automatic Expansion Gear. Originally fitted with pump and injector, and twin salter safety valves. Requires restoration.

A ‘proper’ engine designed to run a saw bench. The wheels are offset at the rear so you can run the belt out ‘backwards’. This means that you can operate the portable and be the bench side of the engine, seeing what is happening.

I believe the Rider expansion gear is quite rare. I have only seen it on one other portable and one horizontal engine.