Fowler A9 Road Locomotive
Steam Test Exp:
On behalf of the owners we are pleased to advertise for sale Fowler Road Locomotive No. 15323 ‘Excelsior’. Built as a true 3-Speed Road Loco from new she is an A9 Class, rated at 7NHP and fully sprung.
This cracking example was one of a batch of 10 delivered new to the War Department in December 1918 for munitions haulage but was too late to see action. The engine was sold into commercial haulage in 1920 to Samuel Jackson & Sons of Crewe Cheshire and was used by them until 1946 and sold for scrap a couple of years later. Fortunately, the engine evaded the gas axe for a number of years before being bought by a farmer in Wingerworth in 1956 and used for Threshing duties a short while after she was sold into preservation to John Reynolds of Doncaster.
In 1975 Excelsior was purchased by Graham Love of Crich who had a long previous association with the engine, once in his ownership she underwent a full and long restoration with a new boiler and firebox fitted by respected boiler smith of the time Stuart Woodbine. In preservation the engine become well known as one of the first and prominent members of Amalgamated Heavy Haulage at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. The engine has only been with a couple of owners since Grahams ownership and is now only for sale to make way for a new engine joining the stable.
Excelsior is presented in excellent mechanical condition and as expected of a Fowler Road Loco with this pedigree is an incredible engine on the road. True road locos of this standard do not come up for sale very often and for the new owner she is ready to rally and be enjoyed from day 1.
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.