Burrell Aberdeenshire Traction Engine



Private Sale

North Lincolnshire, UK


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On behalf of the owners we are pleased to advertise for sale this unique Burrell Aberdeenshire traction engine, of the 8 built this is the only survivor of its type.

The Aberdeenshire was a high-spec’d engine being sprung front and rear and built with 3 speed gearing. With 6ft driving wheels and a slightly longer boiler than the standard 6NHP Burrell she sits slightly bigger but has the same bore and cylinder stroke.

Burrell No. 2933 was dispatched from the Burrell works on September 6th 1907 to E.W. Bloomfield of Stowmarket with the canopy dispatched slightly later in Dec 1907. On 24th Feb 1921 the engine was given the registration number CF3507.

By 1947 the engine was with Elston & Cann of Crediton, Devon and in 1954 passed to Giles Romanes who kept it for a couple of years before going on to E W Edney.

He sold it in turn to Charlie Russell of Bordon. Here it had boiler work including a new firebox in 1978. It remained with Charlie Russell until the Russell Auction of 1999 and was brought by Richard Wilcox who later sold it to R Maclellan.

Mr Maclellan did a lot of work on the motion and top works as well as repainting it in its current black livery and renaming it Wait and See. Purchased by the present owners in 2007 who replaced the canopy it had in its working life and reverted its name back to “Marmaduke”.

The boiler is reported to be in good condition and will be having a new steam test before sale. As per original specification she runs at 160psi and is water fed by a crankshaft driven pump and steam injector.

The engine has been roaded to many events with the current owners and with the 3 speed gearing can clock up a surprising number of miles in a day, even on the straked wheels.

Overall, this is a lovely and genuine engine, presented as she would have when out working for her early owners and offers a unique opportunity for someone looking for a somewhat special traction engine.

The engine remains with the owners and when possible genuine viewings and steam trials are welcomed however we politely request all initial enquiries are made through Legacy Vehicles.

Where possible we would be pleased to help with part exchanges of all steam and vintage vehicles. Finance can also be arranged so please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Important Note: We recommend when purchasing any steam vehicle to employ the services of your own boiler inspector for independent advice and not solely rely on previous test reports.