Given that far more portable engines were built than all other forms of ‘road’ steam, a new history of the breed was long overdue.
The author stresses the differences in construction between portables and traction engines, and covers each individual part in detail, then covers the history of all the British firms that made portables. He also looks at the various items that portables were designed to drive - threshing machines and sets, sawbenches, stone crushers, pumps and the windlass for steam ploughing.
190 pages well illustrated with drawings, photographs (many in colour) and engravings. Sadly a number of the illustrations have not reproduced well, but this is still an essential work for anyone interested in the humble portable. Hardbound.