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Welcome to the new Traction Talk

Traction Talk is the Messageboard Dedicated to Road Steam Engines

If you have an interest in Traction Engines, Minature Steam, Steam Engine Rallies or anything road steam related then Traction Talk is the place for you!

You need to register with us before you can see messages or post, this is easy to do and completely free of charge - you can be up and running in minutes by following the link below:

Register for Traction Talk

What We Talk About

Traction Talk is a thriving and growing community we have around 1,000 active members and a library of over 50,000 posts featuring many hundreds of pictures. Our members come from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America, Germany, Holland and a few more besides!

We have a couple of get-together's each year with the main one being held at the Great Dorset Steam Fair in August/September.

We feature pictures and discussion on all types of engines including, General Purpose Engines, Showmans Engines, Steam Rollers, Steam Lorries and historic pictures of engines during their working life.

Miniature Steam

If you are interested in building miniature traction engines we have a thriving model forum, where you can discuss building, buying and running minature engines:

Steam Rallies

We have a regularly updated list of road steam events taking place across the world and a calendar of events.

Also throughout the summer season we have rally reports supplied by members - Traction Talk is the first place to learn about what's going on in the rally scene.

Not Just Steam

In addition we have several other forums dedicated to non-steam topics:

Items For Sale and Wanted
Jokes and Off Topic Discussions

How Traction Talk is Paid For

Traction Talk is funded by it's membership.

For those who would like to make a voluntary donation to Traction Talk funds we provide an image hosting service and several supporter only forums. Once you are registered you can find out more about donating and the benefits.

Join Us Today

If any of the above sounds like it would interest you please join us, we welcome new members and in time hope you can become a valued contributer to the Traction Talk community.

Register For Traction Talk

Should you have any issues with signing up or further questions please email me and I will do my best to help out:
David Collidge, Traction Talk Administrator -

  Forum Last Post Threads Posts
Steam Engine Matters
For general discussions on all things Traction Engine related.
15,546 230,030
Forum dedicated to technical discussions.
by Foden4k
3rd December 2023 03:16 PM Go to last post
2,186 24,100
Information and photographs about engines that members own, have owned or crew on.
by 1882
16th August 2023 08:28 AM Go to last post
358 5,241
Reports on Traction Talk members projects.
268 10,768
Discussions relating to the National Traction Engine Trust.
24th August 2023 10:53 PM Go to last post
130 1,376
Forum for our members to introduce themselves and/or post a picture.
by xhead
5th March 2023 12:13 AM Go to last post
582 3,235
Need something moving? Maybe a TT member will be able to help.
10th August 2023 07:06 PM Go to last post
158 347
Links to steam engine and related web sites
Sub-Forums: YouTube Videos
by weidner
14th November 2023 12:20 AM Go to last post
312 1,136
Collection of members working engine pictures.
by weidner
Yesterday 11:51 PM Go to last post
2,427 18,003
Miniature Steam
Buying, building, and operating miniature steam engines
5th December 2023 04:38 PM Go to last post
4,191 59,477
Pictures of Traction Talk members engines
5th December 2023 08:28 PM Go to last post
193 3,072
Information and error reporting on the manufacturing drawings for model engines
27th November 2023 04:05 PM Go to last post
88 619
Steam Rallies
Let others know about events in your area.
15th October 2023 07:44 AM Go to last post
2,427 12,992
Reports and pictures from recent Steam events
by ronj
5th December 2023 03:47 PM Go to last post
2,494 14,787
Area for members to post details of any roading that they are planning to undertake with their engine.
by RWHB1
3rd October 2023 09:04 PM Go to last post
700 3,721
Steam items and equipment For Sale.
by Mr B
Yesterday 04:30 PM Go to last post
6,093 10,485
Steam items and equipment Wanted.
Yesterday 09:45 PM Go to last post
3,682 12,091
Steam related items on eBay .
by Proff
5th December 2023 09:56 PM Go to last post
2,319 5,252
Recommendations for, and requests for information about, suppliers.
by RWHB1
12th August 2023 06:30 AM Go to last post
401 1,774
Area for members to post details of patterns they have and are willing to loan.
Sub-Forums: Wanted
18th June 2022 10:58 PM Go to last post
135 358
Help & Feedback
FAQ on how to do things with this message board.
19th October 2023 10:27 AM Go to last post
84 455
Suggestions, and ideas, on the setup of this board
10th November 2022 02:14 AM Go to last post
28 224
A forum for contributors to leave a message with the contribution.
by J5TPT
15th January 2023 08:03 PM Go to last post
2 14
Supporters - Restricted Access For Donating Members Only
Private 16 171
Reference documents and pictures.
Private 268 537
Section for members to post their Drawings for download
Private 24 72
General Discussion Topics
Subjects that are not related to TT's standard subject matter.
Forum to discuss everything apart from Traction Engines.
Private 2,122 20,333
What are you interested in apart from steam?
Private 195 1,893
Restricted Access off topic area.
Private 1,660 2,853

Top 10 Stats
Latest Posts Hottest Threads Most Viewed Threads Most Popular Forums
Thread    Date, Time  Posted By   Forum
Old Burrell 3083 The Prince...    06-12, 23:51  weidner   Historic Photograph...
Old Wanted for Garrett TE....    06-12, 21:45  buggeroff   Wanted Adverts
Old The Old Warden Rally is...    06-12, 21:43  buggeroff   Discussions
Old Pickering steam rally...    06-12, 21:41  buggeroff   Discussions
Old Centre engine driver    06-12, 19:13  RWHB1   Historic Photograph...
Old Mossley Hill Allerton...    06-12, 19:11  RWHB1   Historic Photograph...
Old Steam Wagon Restoration    06-12, 19:03  David Powell   Discussions
Old Coles Switchback Front    06-12, 16:30  Mr B   For-Sale Adverts
Old New A1 bridge at...    06-12, 10:35  dave85   Historic Photograph...
Old McLaren No.1248 8HNP...    06-12, 01:21  Singlecrank   Restoration Projects
Old Rare photos    05-12, 21:56  Proff   eBay
Old 3 Inch scale Fowler TE1...    05-12, 20:28  single speed   The Models
Old 3" Burrell    05-12, 16:38  dave420g   Model Engines
Old 16 foot steel rule !!    05-12, 16:20  Steamhead21   Off Topic Discussions
Old Turvey Rally:17.09.23:...    05-12, 15:47  ronj   Show Reports
Old Threshing set crossing...    05-12, 13:09  RWHB1   Historic Photograph...
Old 8" SAMSON    04-12, 21:22  glinner81   Model Engines
Old Onion Harvest 2023    04-12, 11:15  Steamhead21   Off Topic Discussions
Old Burrell 4" SCC Build...    03-12, 21:07  oly2brf5   Model Engines
Old Devonshire DCC build in...    03-12, 20:02  suctionhose   Model Engines
Old Then and Now  2153
Old burrell 3385  1372
Old 6" Gold Medal Tractor...  1183
Old 3" Mclaren build  1129
Old Burrell 4" SCC Build...  722
Old 6" Burrell DCC Road Loco...  692
Old Happy New Year at...  683
Old fowler road loco 8669...  630
Old Transportation  618
Old 6" Little Samson...  615
Old NTET Road Run - 27...  348759
Old Then and Now  333001
Old What Kills Rallies?  247108
Old Lister CS6/1 wanted  225530
Old burrell 3385  205456
Old 6" Gold Medal Tractor...  195938
Old Gloucestershire Steam...  167513
Old Great Dorset Steam Fair  166332
Old GDSF 2015 - Part 1  129243
Old fowler road loco 8669...  113043
Discussions  227987
Model Engines  59477
Technical Topics  24100
Off Topic Discussions  20333
Historic Photograph...  14950
Show Reports  14787
Steam Events  12992
Wanted Adverts  12091
Restoration Projects  10768
For-Sale Adverts  10485
Top Thread Starters Top Posters Top Thanked
RWHB1  999
Steam Scenes  880
Rod Boesing  763
davidje  735
Bosiboz  619
buzzy bee  478
SDSPS  466
carl_byrne  459
MartinP  458
Steamhead21  447
weidner  16233
8_10 Brass Cleaner  14814
00000  6204
Broken Firebar  4905
Steam Scenes  4856
Bosiboz  4843
the highwayman  4699
buzzy bee  4551
Rod Boesing  4426
Steamcar  4393
Steam Scenes  22358
Bosiboz  20008
8_10 Brass Cleaner  12615
weidner  8847
davidje  8538
SDSPS  7741
Arfursteam  7520
Steamcar  7125
Rod Boesing  6416
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