Information & Resources


● Traction Time is a site dedicated to help keep Steam & Vintage Vehicle Preservation in the UK alive. Click here

● Watch a short BBC film showing how they used to plough fields using stream traction engines. Click here

● Steam Scenes is a collection of pictures and information about road steam traction engines built in Great Britain. Click here

● The National Traction Engine Trust (NTET) represents owners and enthusiasts alike and is regarded as the World’s Premier Steam Traction Preservation Organisation. Click here


13416906_897934223685500_7764415499365652578_oA traction engine is a self-propelled steam engine used to move heavy loads on roads, plough ground or to provide power at a chosen location. The name derives from the Latin tractus, meaning ‘drawn’.

DSC01349A stationary engine is an engine whose framework does not move, used to drive a piece of immobile equipment, such as a pump, generator, or mill or factory machinery.

13433086_897936730351916_2728954499969260768_oA tractor is an engineering vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort (or torque) at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction.

13411934_897934707018785_8793325471509584713_oA military vehicle is a vehicle that includes all land combat and transportation vehicles, which are designed for or are significantly used by military forces.

13392023_897932983685624_3688843833792028090_oA motor vehicle is a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not operate on rails, such as trains or trolleys. The vehicle propulsion is provided by an engine or motor, usually by an internal combustion engine.

commercial vehicle

A commercial vehicle is any type of motor vehicle used for transporting goods or paid passengers.