On the road to Leigh 2014
|Manufacturer||Aveling and Porter|
|Registration no.||MA 7892|
|Weight Tons (kg)||10 ton|
|Date into Preservation||1992 (UK)|
|Power nhp||5 nhp|
|No. of Cylinders||One|
|Linkage Type||Stevenson Linkage|
|No. of Gears||2|
|Original Owner||Middleton Corperation|
|Current Owner / Keeper||Christopher David Adamson|
|Date bought (Current)||1st Feb 2014|
|Sale Price (approximate)
This engine was the result of an order placed by the Middleton Corporation for a new steam roller. The engine provided 30 years of service to Middleton before being sold, presumably in need of a major overhaul.
The Lancashire Road Rolling Company purchased her in 1923 added the engine to their fleet. As can be seen from the plaque on the cylinder they performed an extensive rebuild at the works of Charles Price & Sons (Broadheath, Nr Altrincham).
Vanguard’s working life with the LRRC was performing contracted road maintenance in the local area. She remained in service until the Second World War broke out when the time came to perform one last role.
The Royal Air Force requisitioned her as part of a fleet used to roll runways in . Following her service to King and Country and no doubt in a very sorry state she was sent to Nicolson’s scrap yard, also in having never made it home.
Vanguard languished at Nicolson’s yard, suffering sever damage and dereliction. The front rolls and forks were taken and so nose down in the dirt corrosion gradually rotted away the boiler and firebox.
She was seen as unrecoverable, however in 1992 and rumour has it as a result of a £500 bet she was rescued and restored. The decision being taken at the time to restore her as a Steam Tractor rather than a Roller as the entire front end by this time had long gone.
Passing through a few owners she arrived with Rob Houghton of , who undertook an in-depth restoration. Many parts were re-machined or renewed and the original cylinder (cracked & condemned) was replaced with a near identical one found on a farm in !
Vanguard then passed to the current owners, Chris & Tsitsi Adamson of Heatley Heath, Lymm.
It has also appeared at;
- Chipping Steam Fayre - 2013in Lancashire.(photos below)
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- List of Named Vehicles
- List of Vehicles by registration number
- List of Steam Machinery Manufacturers
- Glossary Index - use terms
- Collector & preservation related
References / sourcesEdit
- The Owner has hard copies of the reference material for the above.
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