ROAD LOCOMOTIVE SOCIETY


| March/April 1982



Aveling and Porter

Aveling & Porter #4546,10-ton roller, owned by Essex Steam Rolling. Association; photographed May 29, 1922.

This photo graces the cover of the Ind. book. It was taken on February 23,1907, in Ardleigh, Essex. The Fowler traction engine is thought to be #3187, and the outfit was property of C. W. Dorlin.

Aveling & Porter #4546,10-ton roller, owned by Essex Steam Rolling Association; photographed May 29, 1922.

A sample photograph from the lnd. book, showing a Burrell Ploughing Engine, #801, built in 1878 when owned by G. Bedford, Little Bradley, Suffolk, England.

Aveling & Porter, #1296, built in 1877. Owned by W. Dennis & Sons, Lines. Photographed September 17, 1915. 3

Fowler #3187, built in 1877.Owned by C.W. Dorlin, Colchest Essex. Photographed June 8, 1906.

The Road Locomotive Society, founded in 1937 in Great Britain, is entering its 45th year as an organization devoted to preservation of engines and archives, and exchange of information among collectors.

Steam road vehicles were still in use on roads and in the countryside when the society was founded. They were far more prevalent in Britain than in the United States. Although there were experiments in America in steam's early days, locomotives for use other than on railroads did not become part of the scene. The same was true of steam plows; they were tried in the United States but received far broader application in Britain.

The Road Locomotive Society keeps rolling right along. While it does not sponsor a museum of its own, it strongly encourages the preserving of all engines. Interests of its members extend to traction engines, rollers, wagons, portable engines and like mechanisms.

One of its major services is in publishing of books on the subjects its activities cover. These books provide excellent illustrations and historical information which should interest many American readers.