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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

ROAD LOCOMOTIVE SOCIETY

NEW PUBLICATION

The Story of Ruston Traction Engines 1877 to 1937

Including Steam Road Rollers and Steam Tractors

By Michael Thexton

The Story of Ruston Traction Engines 1877 to 1937 Including Steam Road Rollers and Steam Tractors by Michael Thexton

AVAILABLE NOW

This extensively researched book by Michael Thexton fills a gap in the record of the traction engine industry and describes the development of Ruston traction engines, steam road rollers and steam tractors manufactured by the major British engineering companies Ruston, Proctor & Co. Ltd and Ruston & Hornsby Ltd.

Michael has owned a Ruston- Proctor traction engine since 1968. This stimulated research into Rustons and their traction engine activities which, with the help of former staff, including the Ruston archivist, contributed to the preparation of this 176 page book.

The book contains over 60 illustrations, principal dimensions, performance data and lists by class of engine produced. It also reflects the impact on Rustons’ engine production of specialist markets and the dominance of the export trade.

Priced at £30 plus £6 post and packing in UK will be available mid-August 2021.