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Fowler Type AA6 Ploughing Engine.
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No: 541   Contributor: Rick Todd   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: John Fowler & Co.   Country: United Kingdom
Fowler Type AA6 Ploughing Engine.

Works No. 13881.
Reg.No. 372.
Sold new to Lord Rayleigh's Estate in Essex where it worked during World War I.

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Picture added on 20 September 2011 at 12:26
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I think I may have found a man that can give me an answer.
long story short I've been trying to locate/find out what has happened to a traction engine.
Fowler 13880 registration plate NO371
they work in pairs and am wondering is this her pair, can you put me into contact with the owner or no more information on their lives??
any help will be gratefully recieved

Added by Nikk on 24 September 2011.
Hi Nikk,
I am not sure I can be of much help.The pair are the 2 pictures I posted.I don't know who owns No.372 but you may be able to contact Mr.Flear who owns the Fowler BB.Good luck.

Added by Rick Todd on 26 September 2011.
Aye Nikk & Rick,
I used to help with NO 371 during the early to mid 1970's and have a mixed bag of photo's, slides of the locomotive. She was sold I believe in the 1990's, as the gentleman and his wife whom saved and owned her, weren't able to continue with the task. I do not know where she went and have corressponded briefly with another gentleman whom had taken photo's of her, but didn't know where she had gone. I would appreciate a wee message for the happy memories, if you are able to locate her or her owner. My sincere thanks, Bill.

Added by Bill Rayner on 10 November 2011.
Hi Nikk,
I'm unable to answer your question, but do remember NO 371 being a regular attender of local rallies in the eary 70's. I would stand next to her listening to those wonderful sounds as she turned over! Bill, you and her owner brought a lot of pleasure to people like me.
I've been searching for a pair of BB1's myself that were local in the same era.
They were owned by TT Boughton's of Amersham, reg numbers ( I think) BH 7343/4. I saw them plouging near my home when I was a teenager, which sparked my lifelong love of traction engines. The event was filmed by the Blue Peter programme, and pictures may be seen in one the annuals.
I saw them again the following year (1969) at the Gaddesden Row rally, after which they seemed to just vanish.
Does anyone know where they are now?

Added by Trevor Prosser on 12 November 2011.
This engine is based at Kirton Lindsey North Lincs has been with the present owners family for many years , early 80's I think

Added by Tractorpaul on 02 December 2011.
In 2009 I tried to locate a Fowler ploughing engine which used to reside at Kinsbourne Green in Harpenden, Herts at the junction of The Common and Luton Road (A1081). My search led me to conclude that it was almost certainly NO371 (engine no 13880). I saw it at several rallies in the area, Six Tunnels Farm at Gaddesden Row more than once, Kinsbourne Green (Annabels Farm? in 1974) and also at Leasey Bridge near Wheathampstead and at Tottenhoe (1975). It was always the biggest engine showing so was always a star attraction. The engine would also crop up at other local events and it came and sat outisde our school fete one year. This caused a bit of controversey because it created rubble strips (from its strakes) along some local roads which could be felt for years afterwards. Sometimes the engine would be missing for a time so I assumed it to be off rallying or having work done. Eventually it disappeared altogether but when this would be I cannot be sure, but I would guess around 1980. I discovered that it is a noteworthy engine in preservation terms because in April 1967 it took part in the first steam ploughing demonstration organised by the newly formed Steam Plough Club. This was at Great Wymondley in Hertfordshire. Another demonstration was arranged in July 1971 at Weston near Baldock, Herts which was filmed by the BBC over 2 days - I wonder if the film still exists?. In 2009 I was advised by the Steam Plough Club that it was listed to an owner in Bury St Edmonds. It would be nice to see the engine again.

Added by AndyB on 01 September 2013.
Thank you Andy, this must have been when the man who used to live not far from me owned her as he lived in Luton and all of these are local rallies. It appears nobody has seen it since it moved to Bury St. Edmunds, it's a but out of my way but it would be nice to see a picture of her and hopefully she still steams?

Added by Nikk on 01 September 2013.
I am the daughter of Bill Colebrook who owned #13880 No 371 and have many fond memories of outings with her. The engine was based on Eldings farm at Gaddesden Row. After years of rallying with her she was off the road for 12 years while my father systematically stripped her down and rebuilt her to and almost new condition. He had several more outings with her both to rallys and ploughing, he loved ploughing most of all, before regrettably selling her as age caught up with him. As far as I know the engine was taken to a shed and has been stored there ever since, which seems an almost criminal waste considering the work that went into restoring her and the superior condition she was in when she was sold. I also would be grateful for any information as to her present location and condition. I do so hope that she is out there somewhere steaming and giving pleasure to her owner and to watchers.

Added by Elizabeth Burnage (nee Colebrook) on 14 September 2014.
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