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Currently under going reconstruction in our workshops is our Engine Burrell 3166 "Joe Chamberlain".
The Engine was built in 1909 (out shopped Christmas Eve). Supplied new to E J Barnes of Swindon who were timber merchants. The engine is 6hp double crank compound, 3 speed with 5 ton crane. In 1947 the engine was converted to a petrol engine thus discarding the cylinder block and motion work. This particular conversion was somewhat of a work of art and probably secured its future. In the 1960's it passed into the hands of Edwards of Swindon, scrap merchants, who utilised it in their yard as basically an A frame with the motive power and crane rope from a Scammell Show Track. The Engine was then sold into the midlands area only to be sold again to D A Prout of Ross On Wye who salvaged major parts for the rebuilding of his Showmans Engine "Nancy". The remains of 3166 passed through various hands until reaching ourselves in 2004. The remaining parts that were purchased were a knackered smokebox of which only the crane brackets could be salvaged, flywheel crane drive gears, and providence of the engine. We were extremely lucky in tracing the original crankshaft and perch bracket which the owner agreed to sell to ourselves. The rest of what is now the Engine is made up of new castings and new fabrications made by ourselves and alot of time and work! On the 2nd of January 2011 the engine was first run on air (video below) and on the the 26th of March the engine was run again in steam, with the first rally being South Cerney, where both of the original nameplates were presented back to the engine, and the engine was christened. (more videos below!)
99.9% certain its 45333 of 1912 a 7hp compound heavy traction fitted with crane. Still trying to uncover it's history but so far it would appear that it was reputedly on "stock" with Clayton's and then exported by Drysdale & Co agents to Northern Uruguay. History then unknown until it was converted & given a new lease of life as a semi portable by one of 2 companies that specialised in that work.. I believe that it was brought back by Michael Listbrain of Preston Services some 5 years ago & after passing through two owners came to us on 7th April 2008.