Welcome to The Road Locomotive Society

A recording of the Society’s June Meeting – Mornement and Ray Ltd by Alan Rundle is now available to view in the News section.

Founded in 1937, the Society’s objectives are: The enhancement of education and research into the past history of all types of self propelling steam engines (other than those running on rails) and those types of stationary steam engines known as portable engines, the results of such research shall be made available through the Society Journal and other publications.

RLS Journal Volume 74 No1 Feb 2021 Front Cover
RLS Journal Volume 74 No1 Feb2021 Rear Cover





By Trevor Smallbone and Andrew Smith


The photographs for the fifth publication in this series have been selected from the extensive photographic collection held in the Society’s photographic archive and the personal collections of the authors. In the last few years we have been able to further add to our archive and some of these photographs have come from this new material.

The Society plans further albums in the future enabling these images to reach a much wider audience.

Many of the photographs have been selected as they show not just the engine but the period scene with workers and associated loads or equipment. This gives us a flavour of the conditions that were worked under when road steam was still a major source of power on our roads, farms and industrial landscape.

A4 landscape format with hard back cover and 202 monochrome photographs, all full page.

The Traction Engine Archive Volume Five - Front  and Rear Covers