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Only in the past 150 years or so have we enjoyed the luxury of a well-maintained, surfaced network of roads, which would not have been possible without the humble steam roller. Filmed at the annual Fairford Steam Rally and the Great Dorset Steam Fair, this programme features a host of the finest steam rollers in preservation in the UK today.
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Only in the past century and a half have we enjoyed the luxury of a well-maintained, surfaced network of roads which would not have been possible without the humble steam roller. Evolved from horse drawn portable engines, the earliest purpose-built steam roller was made in France in 1861. Four years later, the first steam roller to be used in the UK was developed by what became the largest manufacturer, Aveling and Porter.
It is only thanks to the present day custodians who had the foresight to protect and conserve these historic engines for future generations to enjoy that the interesting noises and smells remain tangible. In doing so, steam roller owners have successfully prevented a wonderful part of Great Britain s industrial engineering heritage from vanishing.
Filmed at the annual Fairford Steam Rally and the Great Dorset Steam Fair, this Steam Rollers DVD features a host of the finest steam rollers in preservation in the UK today.
Featured steam rollers are:
1894 Aveling & Porter 10 ton roller, Number 3430 Sarah
1909 Ruston Proctor 6 ton roller No 38591
1912 Marshall 10 ton convertible, No 60207, Tutor
1922 Garrett 4 CD Type roller, No 34084, The Baroness
1924 8 ton C Type Aveling & Porter, No 10994
1924 Fowler DM1 8 ton roller Ollie
1925 Robey 8 ton roller, No 42693 Stumbles
1926 Burrell 8 ton roller, No 4025, The Pride of Dorset
1926 Marshall S Type 10 ton roller, No 80608, Omon
1929 Babcock & Wilcox 10 ton roller, No 95-4014, Monarch
1929 Wallis & Steevens Advance roller, No 8005
1931 Marshall S Type 8 ton roller, No 86104, Major Henry
1912 Aveling & Porter 10 ton roller, No 7771, Pegasus
1915 Aveling & Porter 8 ton roller, No 8489, Albert Webb
1923 Wallis & Steevens 10 ton roller, No 7779, Sir Lancelot
1924 Burrell 10 ton roller, No 3991, Daffodil