Another photograph of a traction engine at the Beamish museum. Taken outside the Annfield Plain Industrial Co-Operative Society store in the main village itself. There’s a lot of tourists around but one of things I like most about this photograph is the lady driving this huge steam powered vehicle. These vehicles were used from around 1850 and were precursors to the modern tractor. Used on farms they were self propelled steam engines that could pull heavy loads. In the UK there are a number of steam fairs that people can see these massive machines in action.