'MUSICAL ENGINE'

Savage Traction Showman's Engine

Courtesy of Mr. Fred Fox, Box 146, County House Rd., Ml. Royal, New Jersey This photo was taken at Olney, Buckinghamshire, England when the engine was owned by Thurston & Abbott. The date of the photo is not known but probably sometime between 1911 and 19

Fred Fox

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By Mr. Fred Fox

Box 146, County House Rd., Mt. Royal, New Jersey

For the past few years I have corresponded fairly regularly with Mr. B. H. Maycock of Woolaston, England; and the topic of our letters is, of course, traction engines.

We have also exchanged many photographs and the one I am writing about I thought would be of considerable interest to the readers. There is also considerable information in Floyd Clymer's book of traction engines regarding this machine. In this picture she is, undoubtly, hauling a carousel of some kind.

The engine was the actual center of the carousel itself and, if one looks closely, above the top of the canopy can be seen the large wheel that held the carousel rafters. The organ was pulled up along side and a belt run from the little engine on the front end. (Picture shows it covered). Screens that were gaily painted were placed around the remainder of the machine and no one would hardly know that a traction engine was under there.

This engine almost came to grief once not far from this same spot. Apparently it took the wrong road and then tried to turn around. It slid into a ditch at rather an acute angle then had to be shored up. Eventually it was hauled out by horses using a staked block and tackle. Mr. Maycock also has a set of pictures of this.

I would like to say that I had a wonderful holiday in England last summer and met Mr. Maycock at Woburn Traction Engine Rally. There were 48 engines al in steam and painted and polished better than the day they were bought. The highlights were the showman's carnival engines and most beautiful of all was Mr. Crawley's Burrell 'William V' supplying the electric power for the large Gavioli Fairgrounds organ. I left in the evening with 3 reels of movie film that I have had much pleasure from since. Also, the organ was taped and I hope I can play it over the P. A. system at Kinzers steam show some time.

Mr. Maycock and I had a few hours together at his home where he showed me all the parts he has made for his 2' scale Burrell showman's engine. This should be a beautiful model when complete.

At present I am busy with the construction of a model, 1/5 size, of Mr. Young's little Frick that is stabled at Kinzers Museum. I am trying hard to complete by the spring steam up, but even after completion there always are a few bugs to be caught.