3" Ransomes S & J Steam Tractor- Unsteamed



Legacy Vehicles Sale

Suffolk, UK


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The 10th and final model of talented model engine this 3” Ransomes is a true credit to the builder showing what years of passion and experience can create, it is one of the finest 3” engines we have had in and runs as well as it looks.

Built referencing the 2” John Haining design and full-size engines this 3” example is believed to be the only example in this scale. With no castings available all parts have been fabricated or machined from solid except for the drive differential which is modified to suit 3” Burrell castings. The cylinder block is a double-high arrangement for ease of starting and extra power when on the rallyfield but as you can see, she looks like a compound as per the full size. The paintwork is to a high standard and really sets the engine off nicely. The vulcanised rubber tyres and removable canopy make it a practical engine for rallying.

The steel boiler is from Bell Boilers and carries all the necessary CE marking. It runs at 125 psi and is water fed through a crankshaft driven pump and steam injector.

Although completed around 2017 the engine is in as new condition and has never been steamed, she runs beautifully on compressed air and seems to have plenty of power. Being such a pretty engine we wouldn’t be surprised if she remains a display piece, so we decided not to steam it and just performed a hydraulic test when the boiler inspector visited.

We would be happy to supply the engine ready to run with a new steam test, set of firing irons, driving trolley and a day’s tuition for an additional £500 if the new owner wanted to use it for rallying.

Viewing is welcomed at our premises near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk or delivery can be arranged if required. Export also available. We are happy to consider part exchange of all steam and other vintage vehicles.


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.