By Great Northern Steam

This, then, newly-completed McLaren showman’s engine was shown by Great Northern Steam at a National Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibition back in its Harrogate days.

J&H McLaren was founded in 1876 by John and Henry McLaren. They had both been apprenticed to Black, Hawthorn & Co of Gateshead, builders of railway locomotive and marine engines. The company rapidly developed a range of traction engines, steam rollers, ploughing engines, agricultural implements and stationary engines.

One of their achievements was the invention in 1880 of the traction-centre engine, for driving steam powered fairground roundabouts. McLaren developed a range of vertical triple-expansion engines for the new industry of electricity generation. Other products were, showmen's engines, crane engines, portable engines, railway locomotives and Darby Steam-Diggers.

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