Garrett 4CD Tractor and Dyson Trailer

On behalf of the owners we are pleased to offer for sale this very well presented and cared for Garrett 4CD Steam Tractor, “Adventurer”

A well-known engine, Adventurer is a proven and reliable engine on the road, travelling almost exclusively to events under its own steam towing a 1922 Dyson Trailer in matching livery. Its has been kept in fine fettle with recent works including the replacement of the rubber tyres, a cylinder re-bore, new pistons and rings and the valves re-faced.

The boiler is water fed by a reliable steam injector and crankshaft driven pump. It will require a new firebox for the next hydraulic test in 2023 however the rest of the boiler is reported to be in sound condition. Although boiler work often seems a daunting prospect this need not be the case, the new owner can enjoy and rally the engine for 3 years and book its future slot with the boiler makers to ensure a quick turnaround and minimal time off the road.

The sale of the engine includes the Dyson trailer as well as a large collection of Garrett drawings, a history file, a set of oil lamps, engine curtains sheets, trailer sheet, a push-pole, firing irons, spark arrestor and a number of spares.

The engine has been in almost continuous use since built for the Ministry of Munitions in 1918. It left the Garrett works in Leiston, Suffolk on 22nd May for delivery to the Commanding Officer of the Mechanical Transport Depot at Kempton Park where it was allocated to a factory for the haulage of war materials. The total cost was £694 1s 0d.

In 1920 the engine was purchased at a government disposal sale at Slough by E W Farrow & Sons of Spalding. Although the engine was only two years old, it was in such a poor state, it was returned to Garretts for an extensive overhaul which cost £240 plus £42 for the carriage by rail to Spalding. Once repaired, Farrows were able to use the engine for the haulage of materials in connection with their engineering business, their mill and for use on their three farms. The engine was kept at Cuckoo Bridge and driven by Tom Register.

Sold on in 1941 to Carter Bros of the Reliance Works, Billingshurst, Sussex who used it for the haulage of timber and delivering farm equipment they had built to the local railway station. It was fitted with a foot operated flywheel brake to provide fine control when using the wire rope for timber loading. The engine was driven by Jim Bacon until it was sold for preservation in 1959 and purchased by the current owners in 1995.

Garrett 4CDs do not come on the market very often especially those in such good condition and as a ‘ready to rally’ outfit. Please note the Dyson Trailer will not be available separately unless the engine is purchased without it.

Part exchange of all steam and miniature steam vehicles is available against this engine by us. Finance also available through our dedicated partner.

It is requested that all initial enquiries are directed through Legacy Vehicles so please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions or for further information.