Aveling Barford steam engine on show on 3 and 4 September Featured
We are delighted to have an Aveling Barford steam engine on show on 3 and 4 September. This engine was bought new as a roller by Kent Council in 1935 where it worked for a time before coming north to be part of the local firm of Kings and Co., operating out of their yard in Kilbirnie and working as far afield as Inverness and Craigenhall quarry in the borders.
It was purchased as scrap from Kings and Co. in 1964 and it took 15 years of restoration by George Kerr of Beith to get it to the condition you see today. It was converted to a tractor in the 1980s as it had been in an accident during its working life and the front rolls were not able to be repaired. It is still used to drive a Garvie threshing mill and rack saw bench for displays at rallies which George attends.