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4" Foster Traction Engine Project



L.V Brokering

Suffolk, UK


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After years of enjoyment this 4" Foster is now due a replacement boiler and restoration, a worthwhile project the engine is a great start for someone who may want to make an engine their own but without the time, skill or patience of building from scratch (we include ourselves in this group so no offence intended!)

As you will see on the pics we started stripping the engine for a hydraulic and steam test and although general plate thicknesses were good the boiler is full of scale around the firebox so has understandably been condemned. We have tried a chemical wash which didn't touch it as caked on solid. You may be able to get away with a new firebox and set of tubes which would considerably reduce the costs not to mention timescales for a complete new boiler but this would be subject to your boiler inspectors approval.

The engine has some nice touches and story behind it with the brass caps on the wheels and flywheel actually being repurposed artillery shells.

Viewing is of course welcome at our premises in Suffolk, alternatively we are happy to deliver the engine via pallet courier within the asking price. For further information please do not hesitate to contact us.


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.

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