Shanes Castle May Day Steam Rally 10am-5pm

Agricultural Engines

The most common type of engine to be seen in the countryside, they were designed to provide the means of driving machinery to carry out tasks such as threshing corn, stone crushing, timber sawing  and also general haulage of agricultural and other goods. 

The development of the internal combustion engine and the rapid advance in the design of the agricultural tractor meant that these engines were largely made redundant well before the end of their useful working life. 

The outbreak of war in 1935 saw engines in some parts of the country brought back into service for the war effort and saved many from the cutting torch of the scrap man.

"Lady Ann"

Aveling & Porter Traction Engine built in 1908
Works No. 6573.
Reg. No. CA 6333
Owned by Billy Carter.


Burrell Single 5hp Single Crank Compound Traction Engine built 1904.

IY36. Owned by the Glynn Brothers, Co Carlow.


Burrell Compound Traction Engine built 1917.
Owned by Ivan Glynn, Rathoe Co. Carlow.

10. Fowler Single Cylinder Traction Engine "Tamneymore" Built in 1923, Type A9 Owned by Joe Bradley & Family Kilrea


11. Fowler Single Cylinder Traction Engine "Black Jack" Built in 1899. Owned by Joe Bradley & Family Kilrea

12. Fowler Compound Traction Engine “Kilmolin Princess” Built 1926.  Works No 15659. 7nhp. Originally  purchased by Tipperary Co Council. It has been in the family since 1977.  Totally rebuilt over the past two years. Owned by Brian and Ross Keegan, Naul, Co. Dublin.

13. Marshall Single Cylinder Traction Engine “The Farmers Friend” Built 1889.  Works No 17287.  Acquired by the late John Rochford in 1967.  Rallied until 2005, then fully restored over the next 5 years by John Joe, Ray and Willie Rochford and returned to the rally scene in 2010. Owned by John Joe, Ray and William Rochford, Co. Wexford.

14. Marshall Single Cylinder Traction Engine “Ryan” Built 1914. Works No 66134. 6nhp. This engine was supplied new to a customer in Cork and spent all its working life in Southern Ireland. It was purchased and overhauled by the late Hector Connelly and his son Terry in the early 1970’s who rallied it for many years. Owned by Ryan Watterson, Dromara, Co Down.

15. Marshall Single Cylinder Traction Engine “Maid of the Mist” Built 1907. This engine was purchased in Cork in 1978 and extensively restored by Paddy McKendry. It has been rallied for many  years and  is now 110 years old. Owned by Rodney McKendry, Kilrea.

16. Marshall Single Cylinder Traction Engine “Colleen Bawn” Built 1900. Sold new to the Keating family of Spink, Co. Laois.  Sold on to the Fleming family of The Swan, Co. Laois.  It was one of the first steam engines at the Stradbally Rally, and continued to be rallied there for many years.  It was then put on display in the Stradbally Museum for a number of years until changing hands again and went to N. Ireland where it was fully restored. Purchased in 2012 by the Kelly family of Gorey, Co. Wexford.

17. Marshall Single Cylinder Traction Engine “Uncle George” Built 1912. 7nhp. This engine spent all its working life in Sussex, Kent in the ownership of Hobdens and Sons Threshing Contractors. An extensive restoration programme has just been completed with the engine being completed at the beginning of April 2016. Owned by Ben Tomkins, Co. Carlow.


18. Marshall Single Cylinder Traction Engine "Scrumpy" Built in 1921 7nhp Works No 74614. this engine is part of famous road contracting company Kings based in Bishop Lidyeard, Somerset. The engine worked until 1933 when it was laid up and remained out of use in kings yard until1988. Owned by Tom Tynan, Co Carlow 
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