These are probably the best known type of steam engine. They were manufactured in large numbers in a range of weights from 4 tons upwards and could be found still working on road making and repairs up until the early 1970’s when all other forms of steam traction had mostly been abandoned. Manufacturers includes names such as Fowler, Aveling & Porter and Wallis & Steevens.
Aveling & Porter R10 RollerBuilt in 1913, this has recently been restored by the Shivers Brothers, Castledawson.
Wallis & Stevens Advance Roller “Pride of Glenelly”Built in 1934. Works No. 8088 Weight 8 tons. Purchased new by road contractors Mitchell, Nutt & Colgan, Derry. Restored originally by Paddy McKendry, Kilrea who sold it to the late John Hurrell in 1979 whose grandson sold it to the late Eric Wilson in 2000 and whose family sold it to Alfie McGarvey, Plumbridge in 2016 who has recently refurbished the roller.