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As lifelong enthusiasts, steam and vintage vehicles run very much in the blood… here’s a little about us & our company.



With over 3800 steam engines, an estimated 10,000 miniatures and countless heritage vehicles of all types and sizes UK-wide; there are plenty being sold on a daily basis. Legacy vehicles Ltd has been set up to offer a unique, dedicated and most importantly honest sales service for both sellers and buyers.

The concept of Legacy Vehicles Ltd. was born from our own experiences with buying our very own steam engine. We were frustrated with using outdated methods to search for and find the right engine for us. We searched far and wide, and although there are plenty of listings scattered around forums and small free ads within magazines, the listings lacked the details that we really wanted to see, lacked the quantity and quality of decent photographs, and sometimes were misleading in their descriptions. We wanted an online website which we could search for and find good quality, clear and transparent listings for steam engines, very much like in the way you would search for a new or used car. This lead to the concept of Legacy Vehicles being born.

Legacy Vehicles Ltd’s ethos is to make sure buyers and sellers are told with honesty what they need to hear, rather than what they want to hear in order for a successful sale. This ultimately has the best long term results for both parties, to ensure both sellers and buyers alike will be happy with the final sale. 

As the company has grown we have continually invested in skills and equipment in our maintenance workshop so much so we are now able to offer these as a dedicated service. In our workshop we are happy to undertake complete re-builds, repaint and new builds of Steam Traction World kits. We also look after general maintenance of full size engines including preparation for steam and hydraulic tests, boiler re-tubing as well as other minor boiler  and mechanical works. 

To cover the United Kingdom effectively we opened our satellite branch and workshop in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2024. 

Tom Allen

"Growing up, I was always involved with steam & vintage vehicles. At various points I have exhibited all over the rally field, including tractors, classic cars, miniature steam engines, full size steam and stationary engines. 

My work career started as an installation and repair engineer and found myself gravitating off the tools and into a technical sales positions, eventually working for the UKs largest manufacturer of engineering consumables as the Sales Manager. Consequently, I have many years of expertise in sales and marketing, particularly with modernising marketing approaches using the internet and social media."

Tom is the owner and Managing Director of Legacy and is based at the main workshop in Suffolk.

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Mark Sawkins

With a lifelong passion for steam Mark took the plunge into engine ownership in 2007 with the purchase of a Modelworks (now Steam Traction World) 4" Burrell Traction Engine and never looked back. Over the years he has owned, built, overhauled and run countless engines and is a well known face on the rally fields of Scotland.

Mark has been an integral part of the company for a number of years and at the start of 2024 set up the satellite branch in Edinburgh to look after our customers in Scotland and the North of England.

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