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Fowler & Foden – Side by Side


1920 Fowler 8nhp 17 ton Showman’s – ‘Renown’ Works No. 15653 – Reg. No. CU 978 Built to the order of John Murphy of County Durham, without twisted brass but fitted with a Thompson and Walton Feast Crane It travelled with Murphy’s Proud Peacock Ride for nearly 20 years. In 1920 ‘Renown’ was travelling in Ripon, when a subsidence occurred and the engine partly fell into a cellar. In 1937 the flywheel at that end of the crank sheared off, so towards the end of the season it was towed back to the Tyneside shipyard for repairs. Because “Repulse” was not taxed, “Repulse” was fitted with “Renown’s” name and numbers, these remained mixed until preservation. Circa 1941, it was used on timber loading in Cumbria and after the war stood derelict until 1952.


The last surviving Foden Showman’s Engine WR 6985 ‘Prospector’ is a Foden’s 8nhp steam road locomotive built in 1910 for W. Shaw and Sons of Sheffield, travelling the Yorkshire fairgrounds all its working showland life until 1939 when it was purchased for preservation by Dr Dyke of Cornwall. Foden only built ten Showman’s Engines and WR 6985 is the only known survivor. It was later owned by Frank Lythgoe of Lymm and is now under the care of M J Wilkinson of Blackpool.


Taken at Astle Park Traction Engine Rally 2015


2015 © Brian Dobbs Photography

SKU: 001-BD-CMYK-Astle2015 Category:
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A3 420 x 297mm, A2 594 x 420mm, A1 841 x 594mm, 400 x 300mm, 600 x 450mm, 700 x 500mm


Print edge to edge, White Border