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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 -

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Steam Engine Matters
For general discussions on all things Traction Engine related.
by weidner
Yesterday 12:07 PM Go to last post
15,369 227,695
Forum dedicated to technical discussions.
Yesterday 03:01 PM Go to last post
2,148 23,694
Information and photographs about engines that members own, have owned or crew on.
13th November 2022 06:43 PM Go to last post
357 5,233
Reports on Traction Talk members projects.
23rd October 2022 06:26 PM Go to last post
267 10,691
Discussions relating to the National Traction Engine Trust.
29th August 2022 09:14 AM Go to last post
125 1,327
Forum for our members to introduce themselves and/or post a picture.
25th August 2022 05:56 AM Go to last post
580 3,220
Need something moving? Maybe a TT member will be able to help.
30th June 2021 09:03 PM Go to last post
156 340
Links to steam engine and related web sites
Sub-Forums: YouTube Videos
by tenor
3rd October 2022 11:41 AM Go to last post
307 1,113
Collection of members working engine pictures.
by RWHB1
24th November 2022 03:23 PM Go to last post
2,054 16,143
Miniature Steam
Buying, building, and operating miniature steam engines
24th November 2022 07:30 PM Go to last post
4,141 58,678
Pictures of Traction Talk members engines
23rd November 2022 08:01 PM Go to last post
192 2,849
Information and error reporting on the manufacturing drawings for model engines
9th June 2022 09:16 PM Go to last post
84 595
Steam Rallies
Let others know about events in your area.
2,394 12,901
Reports and pictures from recent Steam events
by RWHB1
13th November 2022 06:31 PM Go to last post
2,432 14,582
Area for members to post details of any roading that they are planning to undertake with their engine.
by ajs799
14th November 2022 04:32 PM Go to last post
695 3,703
Steam items and equipment For Sale.
Yesterday 01:08 PM Go to last post
5,948 10,267
Steam items and equipment Wanted.
by ashpan
Yesterday 12:23 PM Go to last post
3,600 11,821
Steam related items on eBay .
by RWHB1
22nd November 2022 07:38 PM Go to last post
2,299 5,220
Recommendations for, and requests for information about, suppliers.
by PeteL
9th July 2022 09:41 PM Go to last post
398 1,769
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.
by tenor
10th November 2022 04:30 PM Go to last post
83 437
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 Allbo
17th May 2021 12:33 PM Go to last post
2 8
Supporters - Restricted Access For Donating Members Only
Private 16 171
Reference documents and pictures.
Private 268 532
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 2,099 20,172
What are you interested in apart from steam?
Private 194 1,889
Restricted Access off topic area.
Private 1,660 2,853

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Old Aveling regulator    25-11, 12:07  weidner   Discussions
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Old Steam in New Zealand    25-11, 01:23  International Steam   Steam Events
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Old Burrell 4" SCC Build...    24-11, 19:30  oly2brf5   Model Engines
Old What can you actually DO...    24-11, 18:51  LiveSteam   Model Engines
Old Harvey and Williams of...    24-11, 15:23  RWHB1   Historic Photograph...
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Model Engines  58678
Technical Topics  23694
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Threads: 48,317, Posts: 440,088, Members: 11,602, Active Members: 954
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