One of a pair of Fowler showmen's
engines delivered in 1920, Renown was built ‘PLAIN BUT POWERFUL’ to
the order of South Shields showman John Murphy. Its task was to
travel and build up his Scenic Peacock Switchback ride. Scenics were
the most ornate and heavy English fairground rides and the engine
was fitted with a crane suited to handle the ride cars.
The style of the engine, built to
do a job of work, has been maintained by later owners during the
preservation era. The current owners are brothers Ian and Gary
Howard from Kirk Ireton in Derbyshire.
This book traces the history of
Renown from its construction at Fowlers works at Leeds, through the
years with showman John Murphy, then with a succession of further
owners, including the late Ran Hawthorne, up to the present day. The
engine has been owned by the Howards since 1979. This book has been
published in celebration of their successful restoration of the
engine after it suffered major fire damage in September 2003.
36 pages plus cover. 200x210mm, 42 colour, 19 black & white photos.