- a locomotive operating on surfaces other than tracks and pulling heavy loads, as fallen logs.
Origin of traction engine
Examples from the Web for traction engine
Historical Examples of traction engine
I saw the horse in that brougham rear as it got opposite the traction-engine.Under the Chinese Dragon
F. S. Brereton
It is all very harmless, except the traction-engine, but it is not animated, or enlivening.
The noise is like dropping a traction-engine on a huge tin tray.Adventures of a Despatch Rider
W. H. L. Watson
You also meet, if you are in luck's way, with a traction-engine; and wherever you look you perceive a church-steeple.
Some of the big harvesters that cut and thresh the wheat are drawn by a traction-engine instead of horses.Stories of California
Ella M. Sexton
- a steam-powered locomotive used, esp formerly, for drawing heavy loads along roads or over rough ground. It usually has two large rear wheels and a rope drum for haulage purposes