Wallis & Steevens “Goliath”, 1902 (No 2694)
Traction Engines 1900-1933
The mechanisation of transport had expanded so fast by the end of the 1890’s that new legislation had to be introduced relaxing some of the more stringent controls traffic controls. Wallis & Steevens of Basingstoke profited from these changes with the introduction of the three-ton engine built for haulage. The maximum unladen weight being 3 tons the weighing-in was of the bare engine with no rope, spuds, engine or firebox tools and no fuel or water. The engine sold well with some hundred s being manufactured between 1900 and 1904. The boiler is most efficient and a quick steamer with three large tubes fitted with a damper so they are not used until steam is up when they are occluded. Goliath was in regular use in a brick yard at Knowle Hill, Maidenhead where it hauled bricks to the local station on the outward journey and a trailer load of coal for the return journey. In 1961 Goliath was the last Wallis & Steevens three-ton engine then known to be in existence. There were at least two other examples built by Taskers of Andover one of which was used by the RSPCA to assist horses dragging heavy loads up Crystal Palace Hill in South London. When the book was published the engine number was not known, but this has now been identified. Goliath can still be seen occasionally at Traction Rallies and has been a regular exhibitor at the Great Dorset Steam Fair at Tarrant Hinton near Blandford.
|Dimensions||44.5 × 35.5 cm|