A part-assembled Maxitrak Aveling & Porter steam tractor, in showmans engine guise from the generator bracket on the smokebox. Having already built a "Pride of Penrhyn", the builder made a start on this one but unfortunately didn't live to enjoy the fruits of his labours. Work to date includes assembly of the engine along with top end gears. Much of the rest of the engine is in a large box of parts that came with it, this includes the rest of the gears, flywheel, motion covers, steering shaft and gears, perch bracket and front axle. Missing parts include rear wheels and boiler fittings, steering chains and smokebox door - no doubt there are other bits and bobs, however we think this accounts for the major shortages.
Good news is that Maxitrak are still building this popular engine and can supply parts - including the back wheels. The engine is complete with its original build instructions.
We've had lots of these through the workshop over the years - always impressed with how well they go, a free-steaming (not to mention rather rapid) engine, ideal for an introduction to miniature traction engines. If you want to see what the thing looks like finished, there are some pictures of a nicely-built one in the archive here.