6" Scale Foster 6 n.h.p Agricultural Traction Engine
Length 98.00" Height 70.00" Width 45.00"
Front Wheel dia 24.00" Rear Wheel dia 36.00"
Stroke 6.1875" Cylinder Bore 4.00" Flywheel dia 27.00"
Working Pressure 120 psi
Based in Lincoln William Foster & Co were one of the most prolific engine builders in this country history, building engines for over fifty years. They also produced tanks for the 1914-18 war, hence the distinguished tank emblem reproduced on the later engines.
The 6" scale Foster although similar in appearance, to the 4" scale model produced by L.S.M. is in fact a replica circa 1896. The engine has been redrawn and reworked to produce a purists engine (the 4" being produced from two different engine ).
There are currently only two engines in steam have been produced from the drawings and castings supplied for this type of engine, with two others currently under construction. Regular attendees of the Great Dorset rally, will over the last few years have seen one of these engines at various stages of build, and in 1997 in its full glory in steam.
The engine featured above was built in Cheltenham completed in 1996 and rallied extensively through out the south west of England in 1997. It is now owned by Noel Kane of Northern Ireland.
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