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Can any of our readers provide information on the use of steam traction engines in Singapore, and whether any engines can be found there today?

We ask this question because a friend of ours sent us a bookmark with what appears to be a steam traction engine on it, in an envelope stating this was a souvenir of Singapore.

The friend, Andrew Torchia, is head of the Associated Press Bureau in Stockholm, and travels while on vacation.

He sent the souvenir with the cryptic question: 'A steam machine from Singapore?'

Evidently he did not have the time to do his own research probably had to travel on to his next destination.

Andy knows of our interest in steam and IMA from the time he was with the Associated Press in London. We always did research on steam when we went there.

On one of our trips, we were con ducted about London in a steam lorry owned by Denis Brandt, who at that time was public information officer for the National Traction Engine Trust.

The trip on which Denis conducted Margaret and me took us right into the heart of the big city Trafal-gar Square. Big crowds were there for the Lord Mayor's Parade. The program included an appearance by the Queen. People asked if we were part of the celebration. Luckily, Denis had enough coal to steam up for the return to the lorry's storage shed.