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This issue we’re fortunate to have the
opportunity to reproduce an original, circa 1873 Aveling &
Porter’s Patent Farm and Road Locomotive
brochure sent by
reader Ed Gladkowski.

The brochure’s purpose was to highlight the superiority of
Aveling & Porter engines. It notes, for instance, that an
Aveling & Porter was awarded first prize for being one of the
best agricultural locomotive engines for farming by the
Agricultural Society of England in 1871. It also conveys the
superiority of the Aveling & Porter engines through success in
trail competition.

Additionally, the brochure gives an overview of the engine’s
capabilities and mechanics, and details the “daily expense of
working a 6 horse-power” engine.

It’s interesting to note that rubber tires were not recommended
by the company. In fact, they were objectionable features due to
their “increased cost, short life and unavoidable complicity.” What
was recommended was an elastic wheel consisting of rubber
sandwiched between an outer and an inner iron tire. It was not
considered necessary for ordinary farm use, however.

The brochure also notes Aveling & Porter’s “special”
arrangement of fixed brackets for carrying the driving axle and
crankshaft bearings.

Additionally, the brochure contains quoted reviews from early
agricultural publications and from the reports of trials of the
traction engines at the Royal Agricultural Society’s meeting.

Finally, a performance chart is shown, comparing the Aveling
& Porter “Steam Sapper” with the Sutherland (with India-rubber
tires) road steamer, concluding that “the rigid-wheeled engine took
up a greater load in proportion to its weight than the road steamer
… These facts, we think, speak for themselves.”

Special thanks to Ed Gladkowski, 1128 W. Gardner St.,
Houston, TX 77009, for supplying this original Aveling &
Porter’s Patent Farm and Road Locomotive


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