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HUGH RAINEY, RESTORER

Hugh Rainey, seen here in 1968 driving a trailer load of boy scouts at a Tokomaru Domain rally, was a talented engineer who designed and built this working model Traction Engine at one-third scale. It is now on show at the Plains Museum in Ashburton. Hugh was a pioneer in the restoration of Traction Engines that were thought to be long past their use-by date. The one-third scale is probably the most popular size for building steam models but both larger and smaller varieties exist. Although small in stature, these models have considerable towing power and have been witnessed hauling loads carried by full-size trailers that, in and of themselves, weigh a minimum of two tons.

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