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Fowler showmans engine "Renown" s/n 15653 at Belvoir Castle show 2008

Burrell showmans engine "Earl Haig" at Bromyard show 2008

A Showman's Engine or Showman's Road Locomotive is a steam-powered road going locomotive designed to provide power and transport for a travelling fair. Similar to other road-going traction engines. Showman's engines were normally distinguished by the addition of a full length canopy, a dynamo mounted in front of the chimney, Lights, polished brass poles and brightly coloured paintwork. This was used to generate electricity to illuminate various fairground rides. Motion of the rides was normally provided by belt drive from the locomotive's flywheel.

Burrell was one of the main manufacturers of these vehicles, which became popular in Britain and America the latter half of the 19th Century, and are still seen operating much as in their original role today, at steam fairs and similar events around the country.

A lot of rollers have been converted to showmans engines due to the desire to own one and the high prices they can fetch when for sale.


The big builders being:

Well Known engines

UK Preserved Engines

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