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Ruston, Proctor and Company was established in Lincoln in 1857, and were manufactures of steam tractors and engines. They later became Ruston & Hornsby & then Ruston (engines), following the split of the Excavator division to merge with Bucyrus-Erie from America to form the Ruston-Bucyrus Company in 1930.

Ruston Proctor engine No33189

Ruston Proctor engine no 33189 reg No.CT3949 at Wymswold Show 2008

Ruston Proctor engine No33189 side

Ruston Proctor engine no 33189 reg No.CT3949 at Wymswold Show 2008

HistoryEdit

General HistoryEdit

The firm started as Burton & Proctor, who were founded in Lincoln as millwrights and implement manufacturers in 1840. Robert Ruston became a partner in 1857, and the firm changed name to Ruston, Proctor & Co. and grew rapidly to become a major agricultural engineering firm.

They merged with the established firm of Richard Hornsby & Sons, from Grantham in 1918, to form Ruston Hornsby Ltd.

Rustons were primarily steam engineers. Portable, stationary and traction engines, boilers, and associated engineering products, such as winding gear, shafts and pulleys. Threshing machines, clover hullers, corn mills, maize shellers and pumps for steam power were also made. As well as engines for agriculture Rustons made railway locomotives and equipment for mining and industry. These interests led the firm to expand into electrical and diesel engineering (which the successor business of Ruston Gas Turbines grew from before being taken over).

They were one of the first to manufacture steam powered excavating machinery – in the 1880s producing the Dunbar & Ruston’s steam navvy Excavator. In 1930 after building machines under licence for several years the Excavator Division was Merged with Bucyrus-Erie in the UK to form Ruston-Bucyrus based in Lincoln.

The firm later became RB Lincoln in 1985 after Bucyrus-Eries UK operations were separated out to form Bucyrus Europe which became Bucyrus International in 1996 following restructuring. RB Lincoln became RB International that latter collapsed.

See also: Ruston-Bucyrus

Ruston Proctor 1875-1918Edit

  • Agricultural machinery
  • Traction Engines
  • Portable Engines
  • Excavators (steam navies)

Preserved machinesEdit

An early Ruston, Proctor steam Navy No. 306 was rescued from a gravel pit in the 1970s and restored by Ruston Bucyrus aprentices and is now in the Museum of Lincolnshire Life in Lincoln. (but in a poor state of repair.) photo here when first restored.

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Preserved machines built by Ruston Proctor & Co.
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Engine No. Name Build Date Type Weight Power nhp Reg No. Owner Image Other info
Ruston Proctor no. 5187 - 18?? Portable - ton  ? nhp - Owner ? Image needed LHB


Ruston Proctor no. 9032 - 18?? Portable - ton  ? nhp - Owner ? 9032 Believed to be a none UK resident machine
Ruston Proctor no. 10743 Name ? 1884 PE  ? ton 10 nhp NA Museum of Lincolnshire Life Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 13606 The Challenger 1888 PE 5 ton 8 nhp NA Owner ? Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 16466 Name ? 188? PE  ? ton 12 nhp - Owner ? Image needed LHB


Imported from Chile 2003
Ruston Proctor no. 17589 Name ? 1893 PE  ? ton 8 nhp NA Owner ? Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 18188 Name ? 1894 PE  ? ton 12 nhp NA Museum of Science & Industry Birmingham Image needed LHB


Museum now closed, Belied in storage
Ruston Proctor no. 19511 Name ? 1895 PE  ? ton 12 nhp Reg no. ? Owner ? Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 22403 Name ? 1899 PE  ? ton 2 1/2 nhp NA Owner ? Image needed LHB


Repatriated from Australia
Ruston Proctor no. 23477 Name ? date built PE Vertical boiler  ? ton  ? nhp - Owner ?, Nottingham Image needed LHB


From South Africa 2002
Ruston Proctor no. 23710 Name ? 1898? PE  ? ton  ? nhp Reg no. ? Owner ? Sweden Image needed LHB


Imported to Sweden from Russia
Ruston Proctor no. 26902 Winscombe Beauty 1903 PE  ? ton 12 nhp NA Owner ? Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 27775 Name ? 1903 PE  ? ton  ? nhp - Owner ?, Swindon Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 29011 Name ? 1904 PE 6 ton 8 nhp NA Owner ? Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 30656 Big John 1906 Portable class PSG 8 ton 12 nhp - Hollycombe Steam Collection Ruston Proctor PE no.30656 at Hollycombe 2012 - IMG 1102 At Hollycombe Steam Festival
Ruston Proctor no. 32222 Name ? 1907 TE  ? ton  ? nhp Reg no. ? Preston Services Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 33189 n/a 1907 TE type SH 9 1/2 ton 7 hp CT 3949 David Palmer, ? Ruston Proctor engine No33189 At Lymswold Vintage Rally, Belvoir, Holcot and Lincoln Steam Rally in 2008
Ruston Proctor no. 33471 n/a 1907 TE 9 ton 7 nhp EW 2691 Mike Thexton, ? Ruston Proctor no. 33471 reg EW 2691 at Bloxham 09 - IMG 5895 At Bloxham Steam Rally 2009
Ruston Proctor no. 33499(T45) Name ? date built type  ? ton  ? nhp Reg no. ? Owner ? Image needed LHB


Had been reported as Ruston Hornsby 55499 in past editions of TER
Ruston Proctor no. 33681 Name ? 1907 PE  ? ton 8 nhp - Owner ?, Burton on Trent Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 34389 - - - - - - - Image needed LHB


Makers plate fitted on Ruston Proctor no. 38982
Ruston Proctor no. 34756(T74) Name ? 1908 TE  ? ton 10 nhp Reg no. ? Preston Services, Kent Image needed LHB


Imported from Argentina, 2003 (T74)
Ruston Proctor no. 34818 - 1908 PE 3.5 ton  ? nhp - Owner ?,Bromsgrove Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 34926 - 1906 Portable  ? ton 4 nhp - David Collier Image needed LHB


At Banbury Steam Rally 2008
Ruston Proctor no. 34987 Rusty 1908 TE 9 ton 7 nhp AH 5654 G.P. Wyeld & Sons, Oxofordshire Ruston Proctor no. 34987 TE Rusty - AH 5654 at Holcot 08 - IMG 0353 At Holcot Steam Rally 2008
Ruston Proctor no. 35499 - 1908 TE  ? ton 10 nhp n/r N. Helme, Herfordshire Image needed LHB


Incomplete in 2007 At Preston Rally (was sold in August 2012 now being rebuilt)
Ruston Proctor no. 35501 The Muddler 1908 TE 10 ton 8 nhp BE 7428 Owner ? Image needed LHB
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At Lincoln Steam Rally 2008
Ruston Proctor no. 36545 1909 PE  ? ton  ? nhp - Owner ? Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 36828 Florence 1909 TE 8.5 ton 5 nhp KE 4991 Owner ?, Bedford Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 36895 - 1909 TE 10 ton  ? nhp - Owner ?, Preston Kent Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 37316 Name ? 1909 PE  ? ton 8 nhp - Owner ?, Colchester Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 38548 - 1910 Port  ? ton  ? nhp - Gl. Estrup, Landbrugsmuseum Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 38587 Name ? 1910 PE  ? ton 8 nhp - Owner ? Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 38591 Midnight 1910 RR 6 ton 3 nhp PB 9976 Owner ?, Andover Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 38982 1910 PE 4.5 ton 6 nhp - Owner ?, Southampton Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 38994 The Champion 1910 TE type SH 9 ton 8 nhp AH 7938 Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum Ruston Proctor no. 38994 The Champion reg AH 7938 - Strumpshaw collection - 09 - IMG 0281 In Strumpshaw Hall Steam Museum 2008
Ruston Proctor no. 39487 1910 PE 4 ton 5 nhp - Owner ?, Andover Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 39664 1910 PE  ? ton 6 nhp - Owner ?, St. Austell Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 38678 1910 RR 10 ton 9 nhp FE 4058 Owner ?, Bosyton Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 39872 - 1910 TE type SH 9 ton 7 nhp RT 1487 Thursford Steam Museum Ruston Proctor no. 39872 TE RT 1487 in Thursford 09 - IMG 6859 In Thursford Steam Museum 2008
Ruston Proctor no. 40909 Maybe Jill! Sister for Jack 49804(see below). 1911 S.C.Overhead inclined slide valves.Double crank, compound. not sure heavy! 8 N.H.P Unregisterd for road use in Western Australia. Owner: Jill Brookes. Dardanup Heritage Park, Western Australia. 1 Ruston Proctor. Number 40909 Now undergoing full restoration at Dardanup.
Ruston Proctor no. 42560(T19) 1911 PE  ? ton 3 nhp - Owner ?, Aberystwyth Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 43680 1912 RR 10 ton 6 nhp NO 3952 Owner ?, Stamford Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 44180 Titus 1912 TE type SHA  ? ton 7 nhp n/r Owner ? Image needed LHB


For Sale at Cheffins in 2008
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Ruston Proctor no. ? Name ? date built type  ? ton  ? nhp Reg no. ? Owner ? Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. ? Name ? date built type  ? ton  ? nhp Reg no. ? Owner ? Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. ? Name ? date built type  ? ton  ? nhp Reg no. ? Owner ? Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 49804 Jack 1914 TE type SH 12 ton 8 nhp EB 3554 Owner ? Image needed LHB


At Prestons Rally in 2007
Ruston Proctor no. 50278 Success 1914 TE type SHS 10 ton 7 nhp CE 7949 R. Pumfrey & Sons, ? Ruston Proctor no. 50278 TE - Success - CE 7949 at Lincoln 08 - DSC00056 Lincoln 2008 & Weeting Rally 2009
Ruston Proctor no. 51737 Queenie 1917 type 6 ton 5 nhp EB 8164 Owner ? Image needed LHB


Ruston Proctor no. 51981 - 1917 Portable  ? ton 5 nhp n/r Owner ? Image needed LHB


At GDSF in 2004
Ruston Proctor no. 52074 - 1908 Portable type PSG 6 ton 8 nhp - Claymills Pumping Station Ruston Proctor no. 52074 PE at Claymills PS 09 - IMG 5175 On fixed display (boiler rotten), running from Main Pumping engine boilers. Originally on the Works farm then in the Lime sheds.
Ruston Proctor no. 52266 Corn Maiden 1918 TE 8 ton 5 nhp CJ 4178 Owner ? Image needed LHB


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Ruston Proctor no. 52329 Sweet Charity/ Oliver 1918 Tractor type SCD 5 ton 4 nhp CT 5554 Owner ? Image needed LHB


Last Known RP engine on the TER 2008 register.
Ruston Proctor no. 52453 The Lincoln Imp 1918 Tractor 5 ton 4 nhp OR 8501 D. Marder, Andover Ruston Proctor no. 52453 - The Lincoln Imp - OR 8501 at Netley Marsh 2011 - IMG 6670 At Netley Marsh Steam Rally 2011 The Lincoln Imp Blog
Ruston Proctor no.52607 The Lincoln Imp 1918 Tractor 5 ton 4 nhp HP 2201 A. Semple, Bishops Castle To add At Shrewsbury Steam Rally 2011
Ruston Proctor no. Unknown - date built ? Portable  ? ton 4 nhp - Owner ? Image needed LHB


Australia / New Zealand ?
Ruston Proctor no. Unknown Name date built ? TE  ? ton  ? nhp - Owner ? Image needed LHB


Australia / New Zealand
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Machine types Key: SW = Steam Wagon, PE = Portable, PLG = Ploughing Engine, RR = Road Roller, SM = Showmans, TE = Traction Engine


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