Aveling and Porter steam traction engine

Made:
c.1871 in Rochester
maker:
Aveling and Porter Limited

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Aveling and Porter steam traction engine, c.1871. In 1860 Thomas Aveling invented the traction engine, offering an
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Aveling and Porter steam traction engine, c.1871. In 1860 Thomas Aveling invented the traction engine, offering an
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Aveling and Porter steam traction engine, c.1871. In 1860 Thomas Aveling invented the traction engine, offering an
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Aveling and Porter steam traction engine, by Aveling and Porter Ltd., Rochester, Kent, England, 1870-1872. In 1860 Thomas Aveling invented the traction engine, offering an alternative to horses in agricultural haulage. Eleven years later, approximately when this engine was built, Aveling was improving his design for the self-propelling power plant. This engine was one of the first to be steered by its front wheels (earlier designs were steered by a fifth wheel) and to have gear-driven rear wheels. These features as well as the Aveling patented method of supporting the crankshaft were to become standard on all traction engines. This engine was renovated by Aveling-Barford Ltd in the 1950s before being donated to the Science Museum.

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Details

Category:
Road Transport
Object Number:
1953-1/1
type:
vehicle
taxonomy:
  • vehicles and vehicle components
  • vehicles and vehicle components
  • vehicle
credit:
Road Locomotive Society

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