The Western Star Steam Traction Engine

Our Engine

Western Star was built in 1912 by John Fowler of Leeds as a road locomotive, designed to pull heavy loads over long distances. The steam engine is a 5 H.P. Double Crank Compound. Purchased originally in 1912 by Mr H. A. Raymond of Carmarthen, the engine spent its entire working life in Wales.


Whether you’re a keen enthusiast, or have always imagined yourself manning the controls but never put a step on a footplate before – we’ll tailor the course to your individual needs, so that you can get the most from your time spent enjoying the thrill of driving a steam traction engine. We offer 1/2, full and two day courses, and you can enjoy an Engineman’s lunch cooked by the traction engine’s fire.

What we're trying to escape is the modern motoring world - and that's precisely what makes driving this engine such a wonderful and memorable experience.

The Telegraph