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Pioneer badge on a Barford & Perkins roller headstock

Pioneer Diesel roller

Early Barford & Perkins Pioneer diesel roller at Threlkeld

Barford and Perkins, A family firm that manufactured road construction rollers/compactors, agricultural rollers, and other agricultural machinery. The companies history goes back to 1860 when the firm was founded as Blacksmiths. After 3 generations Barford and Perkins Merged with Aveling & Porter in 1934 to form Aveling-Barford. This was following the collapse of the AGE group which they were both part of.

Frank Perkins worked for the firm for several years before going on to invent a high speed diesel engine and found F. Perkins Engines Ltd, with Charles Chapman, whilst working for Aveling & Porter.

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Barford & Perkins WO32  ? sn ?  ? Peter Brotherhood Preston Services Barford+Perkins W032 roller at Preston Services - IMG 2793 At Preston Services Under restoration
Barford & Perkins U096  ? sn ? 1926 (est)  ? Owner ? IMG 20140902 083904 Sydney, Australia Sat in a Park in Lane Cove.
Barford & Perkins D3 - D005  ? D005  ? Peter Brotherhood Ltd  ? Barford & Perkins D3 sn D005 at Woolpit 09 - IMG 1070 At Woolpit Rally Restored example
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Barford Perkins diesel roll rear

Rear view of a early Barford & Perkins diesel roller

Barford & Perkins D3 sn D005 at Woolpit 09 - IMG 1070

Restored Barford and Perkins D3 roller of 1913 formerly owned by the Earl of Suffolk. On display at the woolpit Steam rally 2009

  • An early Diesel engined roller on display at the Vintage Excavator Trust at Threlkeld, Cumbria, is roller No. RR 067 a Barford 'Pioneer' machine of type SD9.
  • Barford and Perkins D3 roller s/n D005 with Albion engine from ~ 1913, this engine was formerly restored by Aveling Barford for their centenary in 1965. Now owned part of the Seeley collection from Woolpit, Suffolk.

Other rollers world wideEdit

  • the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia has a Barford and Perkins roller from 1923 that has been restored to use.[1]

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