A quick visit, before attending my granddaughter’s 18th birthday party, was paid to the Klondyke Steam Rally in Draycott-in-the-Clay, Staffordshire.
Being cleaned ready for the opening is SM 8832, a 1931 Fowler Road Roller, number 18507 and named “Morning Star”
John Fowler & Co
John Fowler & Co Engineers of Leathley Road, Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England produced traction engines and ploughing implements and equipment, as well as railway equipment.
John Fowler was an agricultural engineer and inventor who was born in Wiltshire in 1826. He worked on the mechanisation of agriculture and was based in Leeds. He is credited with the invention of steam-driven ploughing engines. He died 4 December 1864, following a hunting accident. After his death, John Fowler & Co., was then continued by Robert Fowler and Robert Eddison. In 1886 the limited company of John Fowler & Co., (Leeds) Ltd., was formed. It merged with Marshall, Sons & Co., Ltd., of Gainsborough in 1947 to form Marshall-Fowler Ltd.
Although not well-known for them, Fowler also built a small number (117 has been claimed) of steam wagons. These were vertical-boilered, with an unusual single-crank cross-compound vee-twin engine. At least one is preserved.
During the Second World War, the Hunslet factory also produced Matilda tanks for the Army. Production finally ceased in early 1974.
Fowler also produced the Track Marshall tractor which was a tracked version of the Field Marshall.
British Railways Engineering Department locomotives ED1 to ED7 were also built by Fowler.
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 18 – 200mm
Exposure Program: Normal program
Exposure Bias: -0.33 eV
Speed: 1/200 sec
Focal Length: 18 mm
Processing: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
Filter: Topaz Adjust
Location: Wedgwood Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Event: Potteries Vintage Vehicle Rally
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