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ISBN: 9780857040541
AUTHOR: Paul Stratford
Classic Traction Engines
Classic Traction Engines
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For close on 75 years, the steam traction engine provided the motive power for numerous activities, from driving farm machinery, road rolling and road haulage to agricultural ploughing and fairground rides.

In the same way that the steam traction engine replaced the horse, the motor lorry and farm tractor replaced the traction engine. Many redundant traction engines were virtually abandoned in yards and hedgerows awaiting their final fate which, in many cases was the scrap dealer’s cutting torch.

A few enterprising enthusiasts in the early 1950s recognized the need to preserve at least a small number of engines, which were considered to be workable and not require any major expenditure. Most were purchased for a little over scrap value. As time passed enthusiasm for the preservation of traction engines grew and more engines were rescued from where they lay, to the point where today over two thousand traction engines, are known to be preserved.

In more than 140 superlative images of traction engines in settings which recall their original glory, Paul Stratford captures the essence of these magnificent machines.This large format pictorial album is intended as a tribute the traction engine manufacturers and to those who have laboured long and hard to preserve and restore some of these remarkable engines.

Paul Stratford was born and has lived his whole life in Warwickshire. From an early age he has always had an interest in steam railways, which began with the Stratford and Midland Junction Railway, which ran close to his home village. Latterly he has travelled extensively both in the UK and Worldwide photographing working steam railways before turning his attentions to not only photographing, but also restoring and driving traction engines. Having an affinity with the owners has enabled the author to position engines in many and varied photogenic locations. After becoming a volunteer in the steam locomotive department at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway he has subsequently qualified as a fireman and now has ambitions to become a driver.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 054 1, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published July 2010.

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Malcolm Root's Transport PaintingsMalcolm Root's Transport Paintings - £19.99
A book that will be picked up again and again to enjoy these memory-evoking works so lovingly created by Malcolm Root with text by Tom Tyler. Where superb art meets pure nostalgia for towns, countryside and transport as they once were.
Web Price: £16.99
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