Portable Engines

Portable engines were steam engines that were not self propelled and needed to be towed from job to job behind a team of horses. To a man such as Thomas Aveling the spectacle of portable engines being dragged around by teams of horses when the engines had more than sufficient power to move themselves seemed nonsensical and "an insult to mechanical science”. In 1858 he adapted Clayton, Shuttleworth & Co portables by attaching a chain from the flywheel to a cog on a rear wheel and in 1859 the first was built.


33. Ransomes Simms and Jefferies Portable Engine “Fred”

Built 1898.  
Owned by Alfie McGarvey, Omagh.
Created by David Heatley: shanescastlesteamrally@gmail.com