Steam Engines in South Africa

Steam scenes from the Great 100 Working show

| March/April 2000

  • Marshall Colonial
    1909 Marshall Colonial No. 53048.
    Photo by Wilfred Mole
  • Steam Roller
    Fowler steam roller, type DNC, No. 16663, built 1926. Owner, S. Hewitt.
    Photo by Wilfred Mole
  • Steam Traction Engine
    McLaren steam traction engine built 1913, No. 1471. Owners: Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum.
    Photo by Wilfred Mole
  • Steam Roller
    Fowler steam roller type DNB, no. 19543 built in 1935, is named ''Judy.''
    Photo by Wilfred Mole
  • Marshall 1920 engine
    Marshall 1920 engine No. 73900 owned by Philip Up shall from the UK, and loaned for the show.
    Photo by Wilfred Mole
  • Steam Engine
    Marshall 'Britannia' portable steam engine No. 45872, built 1906.
    Photo by Wilfred Mole

  • Marshall Colonial
  • Steam Roller
  • Steam Traction Engine
  • Steam Roller
  • Marshall 1920 engine
  • Steam Engine

Here we show steam equipment at a unique event held in South Africa in April, 2000. Dubbed the "Great 100 Working," and promoted by South Africa's Veteran Farmer magazine, the event brought more than 100 vintage tractors and steam engines together across a large field pulling cultivators, plows, disc harrows, and just about anything that could disturb the ground.

Seven thousand people made the trek to this relatively remote part of the country to attend the event. Our thanks to Wilfred Mole of Veteran Farmer, who provided the photos.