Birkenhead Park Festival of Transport  24/25th Sept 2016

A BIRKENHEAD LIONS RUN EVENT      NOW IN ITS 9th YEAR OF RUNNING.                                                       

THE TRACTION ENGINE FOREMOST
MAKES A STUNNING RETURN.

MAKER        FOWLER


TYPE           ROAD LOCOMOTIVE


NUMBER     12906


BUILT           1911


CLASS         B6


CYLINDERS  COMPOUND

This engine was last seen at our Show in 2009 in an un restored condition and was towed in the procession of Steam by another Traction Engine. After four years of a full restoration we are glad to be welcoming her back this year 2014, in her full glory now fully restored and under her own steam.

                                  UNRESTORED ENGINE AS FOUND.

Foremost was built in 1911 at Fowlers works in Leeds for Charles Openshaw a haulage and traction engine dealer in Reading. She may have been built as a showmans vehicle despite never having a dynamo fitted.


The rest of her history is a little vague, one theory is that she was requisitioned by the War Office and shipped to France in 1914 to haul heavy guns during the Great War. And after the War ended she was abandoned in France with a vast amount of other heavy equipment.


However the records of Charles Openshaw reveal that two of the companys other Fowler engines were exported to Northern Spain during the same period, and as the engine was discovered just over the border in Southern France it is quite possible the engine had simply been sold on and managed to work its way northwards. For a more detailed article on her history and restoration please look at the vintage spirit magazine.

FOREMOST AS SHE IS TODAY FULLY RESTORED AND UNDER STEAM.