A STEAM engine that has been in a Hereford family for more than 100 years is ready to go out on the road again.

Many people would have seen 'Lady Sarah' heading out of the city in Rotherwas during the past few days while it was given a test run.

The engine was originally bought by Evan William Howell in 1917 and is now owned by his great-grandchildren Sue and Andrew Howell, who brought it back to Hereford around six or seven years ago. 


"It's had its annual boiler test ready for this coming season and we will be taking it out quite regularly," said Mr Howell.  

"We will be taking it locally anyway and we usually take it around Hereford.

"We were never a true enthusiast but it's the DNA in the engine itself.

"Our great-grandfather bought it and we've watched it around the shows over the years.

Hereford Times: Tim Morris and Andrew Howell trying out the 'Lady Sarah' steam engineTim Morris and Andrew Howell trying out the 'Lady Sarah' steam engine (Image: Paul Rogers/Hereford Times)

"We managed to get it back six or seven years ago when it was a showman's engine.

"We took the decision to convert it back to an agricultural tractor. We found the original drawings and orders and are pleased we did it."

The Howells work at Wye Valley Group, a 40-acre site off Fordshill Road that consists of scrap metal processing, waste recycling and skip hire, nationwide demolition, and quarrying. 

When it is not on the road or at shows, 'Lady Sarah' stays at Warehouse 701, formerly Wye Valley Reclamation, where people can see it on display. 

"Visually, they're great but to see them actually working is even more amazing," added Mr Howell.