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Aveling and Porter Steam Roller

Aveling and Porter were the largest manufacturers of traction engines and road rollers in the country and thousands of machines were exported from Kent across the then British Empire.


The road roller used in the 1953 comedy film The Titfield Thunderbolt, which has a duel with a railway locomotive, was one of their engines (works number 5590, Maid Marion). Three Aveling and Porter products are found in The Railway Series books by the Rev. W. Awdry and the TV series based on the books: George the Steamroller, Trevor the Traction Engine, and Fergus the Railway Traction Engine.

Dover Transport Museum

Dover Transport Museum,
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Curriculum Links

  • KS1: Local History
  • KS2: Local History, Britain beyond 1066, Forces, Mechanical Systems
  • KS3: Local History, Britain 1901- Present Day, Developments in Design and Technology, Materials and Components, Forces, Chemical Reactions
  • KS4: Metals and Alloys, Energy Changes in Chemistry



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