Made by local engineer, the late Hugh Rainey, “The Rainey Engine” as its commonly referred to as is a 1/3 scale Burrell Traction Engine.
The engine weights in at 15cwt, or 680 kilograms, and has three gears or speeds. Most of the engine is constructed of mild steel, excepting the cast iron flywheel and cylinder liner – the cylinder block (3 inch bore x 4 inch stroke) having been fabricated from numerous different components. The main crankshaft was machined down from a solid hunk of steel.
The Rainey Engine can usually be found in its own building, which was erected by the Hughey Rainey Trust with the help of a donation from the Ashburton District Council and with free labour provided by the Ashburton Kiwanas Club, the bricks of the Rainey Engine Shed came from the old Ashburton Borough Council Building.
In 2012 the assets of the Hughey Rainey Trust were transferred to the Ashburton Railway & Preservation Society which had maintained and operated the Engine for many years.