Early Days of Steam Plowing in the U.K.

A look at steam plowing in the fields of Great Britain in the mid-1800s, and how it differed from steam power in the U.S.

Fowler's Single Engine Tackle
This posed picture (dating to about 1861) is probably the oldest surviving photograph of Fowler’s single-engine tackle at work. The 14 nhp (nominal horsepower) Kitson, Hewitson & Co. engine is shown with a 4-furrow balance plow. Note the rope porters to keep the iron rope clear of the ground, reducing wear. The self-moving anchor is at right.
Photo courtesy Steam Plough Club archives