Fowler Ploughing Engine by Paul Woloschuk

A 1916 Fowler Ploughing Engine. No.14257 Reg KE2494 owned by Mr M Jones, Droitwich, Worcs. at the Heddington Steam Fair, Wiltshire, UK.

These magnificent specialised engines were a fairly common sight in the English countryside as they cultivated the land before the introduction of the Diesel tractor.
Working in pairs at either end of a field, they would pull a plough or a cultivator steered by an operator across the field and then back again, moving along after each pull until the whole field was finished.

I was lucky enough to be part of a small group of enthusiasts who worked on restoring a pair of these engines in Essex in the 1970s.

Winner of ‘Transportation Through the Ages Challenge’ in the Preserving History Group

Nikon D80. Nikkor 18-135mm


  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoalmost 6 years ago

    Whoa! What a machine! What a capture! Great job Paul!

  • Thanks Bill. 20 tons of vintage machinery there!

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • Steve  Liptrot
    Steve Liptrotalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot Paul. We have a few of these events ’oop north

  • Thanks Steve – I think most people enjoy seeing these engines in steam.

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalalmost 6 years ago

    A fine example – well captured Paul.

  • Many thanks Howard.

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot Paul, wonderful composition and details….my dad would be in his element!!

  • Thanks Shaun.
    So often engine drivers wear a plain boiler suit – the two people on this engine added something extra by being dressed in white shirts and red neckerchiefs!

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago


  • Thank you Scott.

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful to see these old traction engines being shown by the enthusiasts, nostalgia by the bucket load, well captured Paul,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Thanks Rod.

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent capture and I love it, Paul

  • Thanks BigD.

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture.

  • Thank you Cee.

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • Hope Ledebur
    Hope Ledeburover 5 years ago

    Great old steam engine! … Hope

  • Thank you Hope!

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesover 5 years ago

    Please add this and any other vintage vehicles to 49er with Wheels , our new group for vehicles created prior to 1950.

  • Thank you for the invitation Chris.

    – Paul Woloschuk

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