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Showman's Engines


Small (23.2" x 15.1")


Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Sizing Information

Small 23.2" x 15.1"
Medium 33.1" x 21.4"
Large 46.9" x 30.4"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border


  • Printed on 185gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut to three maximum sizes – A2, A1 & A0
  • 5mm white border to assist in framing
  • Tack them to your bedroom door, or frame



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Showman’s Engines

Number of views as of 13th March 2016 = 1300.

A showman’s engine or road locomotive is a steam-powered, road-going vehicle designed to provide power and transport for a travelling fair or circus.

Similar to other steam-powered, traction engines, showman’s engines have a number of distinguishing features including a full-length canopy, a dynamo mounted in front of the chimney, brightly coloured paintwork and ornate decorations. Many were also fitted with rows of electric lamps to enhance their appearance at night.

The dynamo was used to generate electricity to illuminate and power various fairground rides.

The earliest showman’s engines were built in the late 19th century and production continued until the early 1930s.

This shot was taken at the 2010 Great Dorset Steam Fair, at Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford, Dorset, England.

Date: 4th September 2010.

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