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Ruston, Proctor and Company was established in Lincoln in 1857, and were manufactures of steam tractors and engines. They later became Ruston & Hornsby & then Ruston (engines), following the split of the Excavator division to merge with Bucyrus-Erie from America to form the Ruston-Bucyrus Company in 1930.

Ruston Proctor engine no 33189 reg No.CT3949 at Wymswold Show 2008

Ruston Proctor engine no 33189 reg No.CT3949 at Wymswold Show 2008

History

General History

The firm started as Burton & Proctor, who were founded in Lincoln as millwrights and implement manufacturers in 1840. Robert Ruston became a partner in 1857, and the firm changed name to Ruston, Proctor & Co. and grew rapidly to become a major agricultural engineering firm.

They merged with the established firm of Richard Hornsby & Sons, from Grantham in 1918, to form Ruston Hornsby Ltd.

Rustons were primarily steam engineers. Portable, stationary and traction engines, boilers, and associated engineering products, such as winding gear, shafts and pulleys. Threshing machines, clover hullers, corn mills, maize shellers and pumps for steam power were also made. As well as engines for agriculture Rustons made railway locomotives and equipment for mining and industry. These interests led the firm to expand into electrical and diesel engineering (which the successor business of Ruston Gas Turbines grew from before being taken over).

They were one of the first to manufacture steam powered excavating machinery – in the 1880s producing the Dunbar & Ruston’s steam navvy Excavator. In 1930 after building machines under licence for several years the Excavator Division was Merged with Bucyrus-Erie in the UK to form Ruston-Bucyrus based in Lincoln.

The firm later became RB Lincoln in 1985 after Bucyrus-Eries UK operations were separated out to form Bucyrus Europe which became Bucyrus International in 1996 following restructuring. RB Lincoln became RB International that latter collapsed.

See also: Ruston-Bucyrus

Ruston Proctor 1875-1918

  • Agricultural machinery
  • Traction Engines
  • Portable Engines
  • Excavators (steam navies)

Preserved machines

An early Ruston, Proctor steam Navy No. 306 was rescued from a gravel pit in the 1970s and restored by Ruston Bucyrus aprentices and is now in the Museum of Lincolnshire Life in Lincoln. (but in a poor state of repair.) photo here when first restored.

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Preserved machines built by Ruston Proctor & Co.
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Engine No. Name Build Date Type Weight Power nhp Reg No. Owner Image Other info
Ruston Proctor no. 5187 - 18?? Portable - ton ? nhp - Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Ruston Proctor no. 9032 - 18?? Portable - ton ? nhp - Owner ? 9032.jpg Believed to be a none UK resident machine
Ruston Proctor no. 10743 Jack 1884 PE ? ton 10 nhp NA Museum of Lincolnshire Life 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 13602 Name ? c.1888 PE ? ton 6 nhp na Owner ?, Willenhall 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Repatriated from Chile 2012
Ruston Proctor no. 13606 The Challenge 1888 PE 5 ton 8 nhp NA Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 15033 Name ? date built Portable - ? nhp NA In New South Wales, Australia On commons [[1]] Misc info (were seen, photo taken, special features etc)
Ruston Proctor no. 15154 Name ? date built Portable - ? nhp NA In Finland Here] Misc info (were seen, photo taken, special features etc)
Ruston Proctor no. 16466 Name ? 188? PE ? ton 12 nhp - Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Imported from Chile 2003
Ruston Proctor no. 17589 Name ? 1893 PE ? ton 8 nhp NA Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 18188 Name ? 1894 PE ? ton 12 nhp NA Thinktank, Birmingham ( was at Museum of Science & Industry Birmingham) Move It - Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum - Steam Traction Engine - Ruston Proctor and Co Ltd (8620343766).jpg Now on display at 'new' Thinktank Museum.
Ruston Proctor no. 19511 Name ? 1895 PE ? ton 12 nhp na Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 22403 Name ? 1899 PE ? ton 2 1/2 nhp NA Owner ?, Lutterworth 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Repatriated from Australia ?
Ruston Proctor no. 23477 Name ? date built PE Vertical boiler ? ton ? nhp - Owner ?, Nottingham 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


From South Africa 2002/Chile
Ruston Proctor no. 23710 Name ? 1898? PE ? ton ? nhp Reg no. ? Owner ? Sweden 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Imported to Sweden from Russia
Ruston Proctor no. 26902 Winscombe Beauty 1903 PE ? ton 12 nhp NA Owner ?, Axminster 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 27775 Name ? 1903 PE ? ton ? nhp - Owner ?, Swindon 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 29011 Name ? 1904 PE 6 ton 8 nhp NA Owner ?, Nottingham 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 30640 - R (2014) Steam Tractor (Replica) 3 ton 3 nhp VX14 HKB Owner ?, Battle 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


New build replica
Ruston Proctor no. 30656 Big John 1906 Portable class PSG 8 ton 12 nhp - Hollycombe Steam Collection Ruston Proctor PE no.30656 at Hollycombe 2012 - IMG 1102.JPG At Hollycombe Steam Festival
Ruston Proctor no. 32222 Name ? 1907 TE ? ton ? nhp Reg no. ? Preston Services 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 33189 n/a 1907 TE type SH 9 1/2 ton 7 hp CT 3949 David Palmer, ? Ruston Proctor engine No33189.JPG At Lymswold Vintage Rally, Belvoir, Holcot and Lincoln Steam Rally in 2008
Ruston Proctor no. 33471 n/a 1907 TE 9 ton 7 nhp EW 2691 Mike Thexton, Swindon Ruston Proctor no. 33471 reg EW 2691 at Bloxham 09 - IMG 5895.jpg At Bloxham Steam Rally 2009
Ruston Proctor no. 33499(T45) Name ? c. 1907 PE ? ton ? nhp - Owner ?, ex Preston services 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Had been reported as Ruston Hornsby 55499 in past editions of TER
Ruston Proctor no. 33681 Name ? 1907 PE ? ton 8 nhp - Owner ?, Burton on Trent 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 34389 - - PE - - - - 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Makers plate fitted on Ruston Proctor no. 38982
Ruston Proctor no. 34756(T74) - 1908 TE ? ton 10 nhp Reg no. ? Preston Services, Kent 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Imported from Argentina, 2003 (T74)
Ruston Proctor no. 34818 - 1908 PE 3.5 ton ? nhp - Owner ?,Bromsgrove 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 34926 - 1906 Portable ? ton 4 nhp - David Collier 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


At Banbury Steam Rally 2008
Ruston Proctor no. 34987 Rusty 1908 TE 9 ton 7 nhp AH 5654 G.P. Wyeld & Sons, Oxfordshire Ruston Proctor no. 34987 TE Rusty - AH 5654 at Holcot 08 - IMG 0353.jpg At Holcot Steam Rally 2008
Ruston Proctor no. 35499 - 1908 TE ? ton 10 nhp n/r N. Helme, Herfordshire to add 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Incomplete in 2007 At Preston Rally (was sold in August 2012 now being rebuilt)
Ruston Proctor no. 35501 The Muddler 1908 TE 10 ton 8 nhp BE 7428 Owner ?, Market Rassen To add 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


At Lincoln Steam Rally 2008
Ruston Proctor no. 36441 No.7 1909 PE ? ton 8 nhp - Owner ?, Willenhall 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Repatriated from Chile, 2012
Ruston Proctor no. 36545 - 1909 PE ? ton ? nhp - Owner ?, Carmathenshire 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 36828 Florence 1909 TE 8.5 ton 5 nhp KE 4991 Owner ?, Bedford 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 36895 - 1909 TE ? ton 10 nhp Reg no.? Owner ?, Preston Kent 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 37316 - 1909 PE ? ton 8 nhp - Owner ?, Colchester 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 38548 - 1910 Port ? ton ? nhp - Gl. Estrup, Landbrugsmuseum 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 38587 Name ? 1910 PE ? ton 8 nhp - Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 38591 Midnight 1910 RR 6 ton 3 nhp PB 9976 Owner ?, Andover To add ?100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 38982 1910 PE 4.5 ton 6 nhp - Owner ?, Southampton 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 38994 The Champion 1910 TE type SH 9 ton 8 nhp AH 7938 Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum Ruston Proctor no. 38994 The Champion reg AH 7938 - Strumpshaw collection - 09 - IMG 0281.jpg In Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum 2008
Ruston Proctor no. 39487 - 1910 PE 4 ton 5 nhp - Owner ?, Andover 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 39664 - 1910 PE ? ton 6 nhp - Owner ?, St. Austell 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 38678 - 1910 RR 10 ton 9 nhp FE 4058 Owner ?, Boston 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 39872 - 1910 TE type SH 9 ton 7 nhp RT 1487 Thursford Steam Museum Ruston Proctor no. 39872 TE RT 1487 in Thursford 09 - IMG 6859.jpg In Thursford Steam Museum 2008
Ruston Proctor no. 40909 Maybe Jill! Sister for Jack 49804(see below). 1911 S.C.Overhead inclined slide valves.Double crank, compound. not sure heavy! 8 N.H.P Unregisterd for road use in Western Australia. Owner: Jill Brookes. Dardanup Heritage Park, Western Australia. 1 Ruston Proctor. Number 40909.jpg Now undergoing full restoration at Dardanup.
Ruston Proctor no. 42560(T19) 1911 PE ? ton 3 nhp - Owner ?, Aberystwyth 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 43680 1912 RR 10 ton 6 nhp NO 3952 Owner ?, Stamford 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 44180 Titus 1912 TE type SHA ? ton 7 nhp n/r Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


For Sale at Cheffins in 2008
Ruston Proctor no. 44836 Tulip Queen 1912 TE 10 ton 8 nhp BE 7421 Owner ?, Nantwich 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 44858 - 1912 PE ? ton 8 nhp na Owner ?, East Mersea 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 46596 Silvie 1913 TE 8.5 ton 5 nhp SFE 519L The Museum of Lincolnshire Life 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Repatriated from France in 1972 (Hence reg no.)
Ruston Proctor no. 47319 - 1913 PE ? ton ? nhp na In store at Beamish Open Air Museum 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Imported from Chile ?
Ruston Proctor no. 48359 Pride of Barum 1913 RR 11 ton 6 nhp TA 2894 Owner ?, Cambourne 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Misc info (were seen, photo taken, special features etc)
Ruston Proctor no. 49804 Jack 1914 TE type SH 12 ton 8 nhp EB 3554 Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


At Prestons Rally in 2007
Ruston Proctor no. 50278 Success 1914 TE type SHS 10 ton 7 nhp CE 7949 R. Pumfrey & Sons, Saffron Waldon Ruston Proctor no. 50278 TE - Success - CE 7949 at Lincoln 08 - DSC00056.jpg Lincoln 2008 & Weeting Rally 2009
Ruston Proctor no. 50735 Elizabeth 1915 RR 11 ton 6 nhp BE 9143 Owner ?,Notts 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Misc info (were seen, photo taken, special features etc)
Ruston Proctor no. 50869 - year ? PE ? ton 5 nhp na Owner ?, ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 51421 - 1916 PE ? ton 12 nhp na Owner ?, Bristol 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 51457 Portly Polly 1916 PE ? ton 12 nhp na Owner ?, Cumnock 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 51737 Queenie 1917 TE 6 ton 5 nhp EB 8164 Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Ruston Proctor no. 51981 - 1917 Portable ? ton 5 nhp n/r Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


At GDSF in 2004
Ruston Proctor no. 52074 - 1908 Portable type PSG 6 ton 8 nhp - Claymills Pumping Station Ruston Proctor no. 52074 PE at Claymills PS 09 - IMG 5175.jpg On fixed display (boiler rotten), running from Main Pumping engine boilers. Originally on the Works farm then in the Lime sheds.
Ruston Proctor no. 52173 - 1918 PE 7.5 ton 12 nhp na Owner ?, Lincoln 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 52266 Corn Maiden 1918 TE 8 ton 5 nhp CJ 4178 Owner ?, Exeter 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 52279 1918 PE 3.5 ton 4 nhp na Owner ?, Chatham 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. 52329 Sweet Charity/ Oliver 1918 Tractor type SCD 5 ton 4 nhp CT 5554 Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Last Known RP engine on the TER 2008 register.
Ruston Proctor no. 52453 The Lincoln Imp 1918 Tractor 5 ton 4 nhp OR 8501 D. Marder, Andover Ruston Proctor no. 52453 - The Lincoln Imp - OR 8501 at Netley Marsh 2011 - IMG 6670.jpg At Netley Marsh Steam Rally 2011 The Lincoln Imp Blog
Ruston Proctor no.52607 The Lincoln Imp 1918 Tractor 5 ton 4 nhp HP 2201 A. Semple, Bishops Castle To add At Shrewsbury Steam Rally 2011
Ruston Proctor no. UP53 - date built PE ? ton ? nhp na Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. UP62 - date built PE ? ton ? nhp na Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. UP66 - date built PE ? ton ? nhp na Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. UP85 - date built PE ? ton ? nhp na Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. UP86(T17) - - PE ? ton ? nhp na - 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Now identified as a Blackstone
Ruston Proctor no. UP92 - date built PE ? ton 7 nhp na Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. UP93 - date built PE ? ton 10 nhp na Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. UP94 - date built PE ? ton 7 nhp na Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


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Ruston Proctor no. UP105 Tiny date built PE ? ton 2 nhp na Owner ?, (Ex Preston Services) 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Repatriated from Chile 2004, Boiler + 3 Wheels, no motion
Ruston Proctor no. UP109 - date built PE ? ton 7 nhp na Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Misc info (were seen, photo taken, special features etc)
Ruston Proctor no. Unknown portable - date built ? Portable ? ton 4 nhp - Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Australia / New Zealand ?
Ruston Proctor no. Unknown Name date built ? TE ? ton ? nhp - Owner ? 100px Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki:Requested images


Australia / New Zealand
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Machine types Key: References / sources
PE = Portable Engine, Plg = Ploughing Engine, RR = Road Roller, SM = Showman's engine,
ST = Steam tractor, SW = Steam wagon, TE = Traction Engine, RL = Road Locomotive


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