3" Fowler Ploughing Engine



Legacy Vehicles Brokering

Suffolk, UK

£17,500 ono

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Febuary 2022

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We are pleased to offer for sale this cracking 3" Fowler ploughing engine, based on a large prototype she has a similar footprint and power to a 4" traction engine. “Black Bess” was the first to be completed in 2002, a sister engine “Black Beauty” was finished 2 years later.

Due to the complexity and expense of building the winding gear, ploughing engines of any scale are rarely modeled. The engine has been built by an experienced model engineer with a high level of detail throughout and since completion has been well cared for. The engine seems to have had relatively little use as it spent many years as part of private collection before passing onto the current owner in 2014, with whom it has only been out a handful of times each year. The paintwork is showing signs of its age, however when out on show many people have passed kind comments of how good she looks in her "working clothes"; giving the engine a lot of character.

The engine has fully functioning 2 speed ploughing gear. It is very impressive how much these engines can pull on the drum; the limitation is really how well you can secure the engine as it will easily pull itself sideways. It has two road gears and really sound like the full size engines when in use with the distinctive single cylinder exhaust bark and ringing gears.

Being a long, heavy engine; the seat is mounted onto the tender - probably the only 3" you could do this on without the risk of popping a wheelie. Being over 6 feet long and weighing around 400kg, these are comparable in size to a 4" traction engine.

The steel boiler is large and easy to steam with particularly deep fireboxes, perfect for hard firing before a long pull on the cable. Water feed is through a crank driven pump and newly fitted steam injectors. The boiler tubes have just been replaced and the engine has undergone a full ten year inspection with hydraulic.

As with all our ready to run engines she comes complete with a full set of firing irons, coal, oil and a days tuition included. Part exchange of all steam and vintage vehicles welcomed.


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.