Aveling and Porter Traction Engines Promoted in 1870s Brochure

"Patent Farm and Road Locomotive" brochure worth a read

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The Aveling & Porter's Patent Farm and Road Locomotive brochure, circa 1873, doesn't recommend rubber tires, saying they were objectionable features due to their "increase cost, short life and unavoidable complicity." The brochure notes Aveling & Porter's "special" arrangement of fixed brackets for carrying the driving axle and crankshaft bearings. Quoted reviews from early agricultural pulblications and from reports of trials of the traction engines conclude the second page of the brochure.