Steam Traction Engine [Fowler]
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John Fowler & Co., (Leeds) Ltd, Maker
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Traction engines are steam-powered tractors used to move heavy loads, plough ground or provide power to other engines. They are sometimes called ‘road locomotives’. Traction engines became popular from the mid-1800s when the first self-propelled portable steam engines for agricultural use were developed. They fell out of favour in the early 20th century when internal combustion engines began to be used in agricultural machinery.
John Fowler (1826-1864) was an agricultural engineer and inventor who is credited with inventing steam-driven ploughing engines and who established John Fowler & Co. The company merged with Marshall, Sons & Company in 1947 to form Marshall-Fowler Ltd.
This engine has the coat of arms of Leeds on it. John Fowler & Co was based in Leeds.
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