Showmans Engines

These were Road Locomotives or Steam Tractors adapted for the use of travelling Showmen.  A large Dynamo can be seen located on a bracket at the front of each engine and this is driven using a belt from the flywheel of the engine to provide the power to run and light the fairground.  They were also used to tow the rides between fairs and were traditionally finished with ornate paint work and twisted brass fittings.


  1. Fowler R3 Showmans Road Locomotive ‘Headway’Built 1920. 8nhp. 3 Speed. Works No. 15117. Weight 18 tons. Owned since 1996 by Paddy McKendry & Son Kilrea 


5. Garrett Showmans Tractor “Sampson”Built 1919.  Reg. No. TC 64. This engine was fully restored including a new boiler and firebox with all gears and motion work being overhauled. This work was carried out by its current owner Paddy Denby, Co Wexford.



6. Fowler Showman's Tractor "Lily Marlene" Built in 1931. 6nhp Owned by William Carlisle, Ballynahinch

Created by David Heatley: shanescastlesteamrally@gmail.com