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Brown and May no 8742 1912 AU 4705 General Buller Lincoln 08 - P8170528

Brown and May no. 8742 "General Buller" at Lincolnshire Steam Rally 2008

Brown and May of the 'North Wiltshire Foundry', were engineers and ironfounders also building Portable steam engines and Steam Tractors, based in Devizes, Wiltshire, England.

The firm mainly built Steam Portable engines (8000 approximately) and others including 10 No. Showman's road tractors from 1854 to 1912 when they went bust.

HistoryEdit

  • 1876 Exhibitor at the Royal Agricultural Show at Birmingham. were they ehibited a steam blower for cleaning tubes (boiler) without a brush.
  • 1894 A trade Catalouge listed portable and semi-portable steam engines and much other machinery
  • 1911 Smithfield Club Show. Exhibited steam tractor and an oil engine.
  • 1912 Built last showman's road locomotive. reg No. AU4705 (photo above)
  • 1912 The works closed

Showmans EnginesEdit

List of engines built.[2]

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Types of Machine BuiltEdit

Preserved MachinesEdit

  • The Lackenham museum has a Portable built by the firm. It is a 10NHP steam engine built in 1899. The engine is now one of only ten of its type recorded in the UK. [3]


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Preserved machines built by Brown and May
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Engine No. Name Build Date Type Weight Power nhp Reg No. Owner Image Other info
Brown and May - Little Dragon (UP3) Little Dragon 1868 Portable 2 ton 2 nhp - Owner ? Brown and May PE -Little Dragon at Ellenroad mill IMG 8342 1st UK engine to steam in 3 centuries
Brown and May no. UP61 Echuca 1868 Pe  ? ton 4 nhp - Owner ?, Chiswick Image needed LHB


Imported from Australia
Brown and May no. UP47 Name 1870 PE  ? ton  ? hp - Owner ?, Salisbury Photo to add
Brown and May no. 868 - 1872 Portable  ? ton  ? nhp - Owner ? Image needed LHB


Misc info
Brown and May no. 1709 - - Portable  ? ton  ? nhp - see B&M no. 1761 Image needed LHB


Now identified as 1761
Brown and May no. 1761 - 1878 Portable 5 ton 7 nhp - Owner ?, Wallingford, Oxon Image needed LHB


Has been miss identified /listed as 1709, 1769 and 2700 in past TER lists
Brown & May no. 1769 - - PE - - na see notes: Image needed LHB


Previously miss identified - see 1761
Brown and May no. 2700 - - Portable - - - See notes: Image needed LHB


TER 2016 edition now says it is 1761 ?
Brown and May no. 3456 - 1880 Portable  ? ton 3 nhp - Owner ? Image needed LHB


photo on Steam Scenes Misc info
Brown and May no. unidentified 2 - Date 1889 Portable  ? ton 8 nhp - Owner ? Image needed LHB


Located in Norway
Brown and May no. 4561 Sam 1890 Portable 5 ton 6 nhp - Owner Russ Tate of Acle, Norfolk N602101584 742527 1270 Rallied very occasionally until 2003, when firebox crown failed.
Brown and May no. 5963 - 1897 Portable  ? ton  ? nhp - Owner ? Image needed LHB


Located in Sweden
Brown and May no. 6226 - 1899 Portable 6 1/2 ton 10 nhp - Lackham Agriculture & Rural Life Trust, Chippenham, Wilts Image needed LHB


Misc info
Brown and May no. 6671 - 1900 Portable  ? ton 3 nhp - Owner Rubens Museum, Gotene Image needed LHB


Located in Sweden
Brown and May no. 6691 - 1901 Portable 3 ton 4 nhp - Owner Hollycombe Steam collection Museum Hollycombe steam swings - Brown and May portable (site of) -IMG 1200 Powers Steam swings - Engine was away under repair in 2012
Brown and May no. unidentified 3 - 1904 Portable  ? ton 5 nhp - Owner Komotini Museum Image needed LHB


Located in Greece (Plinthed)
Brown and May no. 7530 Pippin 1906 Tractor  ? ton  ? nhp 55 MHH (NZ reg?) Owner ?, New Zealand Image needed LHB


Resident in New Zealand (Photos on Steam Scenes)
Brown and May no. 7770 - 1907 Portable  ? ton 5 nhp - Owner ?, Devizes Image needed LHB


Photo on Steam Scenes
Brown and May no. 8130 - 1909 Tractor 5 ton 4 nhp BP 9887 A, Rundle, of Boston Lincs Brown and May no. 8130 - ST - BP 9887 at Carington 2010 - IMG 4738 edited At GDSF 07, Weeting 09, Carrington 2010 (unique in UK)
Brown and May no. 8262 - 1910 Portable 3 1/2 ton 5 nhp - Steve Veal, Devon Brown and May no. 8262 PE at Dingles - IMG 9717 On display at Dingles Fairground Heritage Museum
Brown and May no. 8320 - circa 1910 ? PE  ? ton 10 nhp - owner, Devizes Image needed LHB


misc notes
Brown and May no. 8629 - 1912 Portable  ? ton 8 nhp - Owner ?, Thatcham Image needed LHB


Imported from Australia. (Photo on Steam Scenes)
Brown and May no. 8677 - 1912 Portable 3 1/2 ton 5 nhp - Owner ?, Boston Image needed LHB


Misc info
Brown and May no. 8742 General Buller 1912 Showman's road locomotive 14 ton 6 nhp AU 4705 John H Rundle, New Bolingbroke, Lincs. Brown and May no 8742 1912 AU 4705 General Buller Lincoln 08 - P8170528 At Lincolnshire Steam & Vintage Rally in 2008
(only survivor of 10 showmans believed built by B&M)
Image needed LHB


Brown and May no. ? Name Year Type  ? ton  ? hp Reg. no. ? Owner ? Photo to add
Machine types Key: References / sources
PE = Portable Engine, Plg = Ploughing Engine, RR = Road Roller, SM = Showman's engine,
ST = Steam tractor, SW = Steam wagon, TE = Traction Engine, RL = Road Locomotive
  1. http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/wiki/Brown_and_May Graces Guide to Engineering GDFL source
  2. Display of info at Lincoln with Engine No.8742
  3. http://www.lackhamcountrypark.co.uk/museum/p_lackhammuseum.htm Lackham Rural Life Museum


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