Lambert Steam Engines

Steam engines owned by William Lambert and his son Christopher between c1875 and 1955, the date of the famous Chris Lambert steam engine auction. These Include General Purpose, Road Rollers and Portable Engines and were used for haulage, ploughing, road making, threshing, mill work and transport.

The Traction Engine Register of 2020* shows there are c53 ex-Lambert engines still in existence that have been restored by their owners or are in preservation in various museums and are listed below. (* The register is updated every 4 years)


An ongoing project by Horsmonden History Research Group is to seek and add information and photographs about the history of each engine. If anyone is able to help with additional material, photos or history we would be pleased to hear from you.

John Freeman

The research team.

Further information and photos may be found by clicking on the engines above or highlighted below.


ManufacturerEngine No.Reg. No.Date of Manu.NameLocation
Allchin3251NU 74837/1925Royal ChesterTaunton
Aveling & Porter4561KE 37756/1900JimmyMarch
Aveling & Porter8097FX 701411/1913Moby DickNew Milton
Aveling & Porter8653KE 64559/1915Jo-AnnLiphook
Aveling & Porter8753MKP 1372/1917Silver StreakKilkenny
Aveling & Porter9010AP 92355/1919JimmyThursford Museum
Aveling & Porter9036BP 60658/1919UnnamedThursford Museum
Aveling & Porter9081KN 578512/1919JoanneBury, Lancs.
Aveling & Porter9149KE 22027/1920UnnamedThursford Museum
Aveling & Porter9170KN 93526/1920ShamrockBrentwood, Essex
Aveling & Porter10448HR 744611/1992JackieSwindon
Aveling & Porter11423KM 22292/1926SmokeyChristchurch
Aveling & Porter11918YT 45317/1927UnnamedThursford Museum
Aveling & Porter11997KO 67391/1928Lucy MayHeathfield
Aveling & Porter12186PK 26848/1928Annie LaurieThursford Museum
Aveling & Porter14181TL 44277/1935CameronianBeith
Burrell2342E 538012/1900VanguardPreston, Kent
Burrell2819BP 59135/1906ValidusBanff
(link to Lambert tbc)
3201BP59195/1910AchillesReepham, Norfolk
Burrell3657KE 26514/1915Morning GloryRushden
Burrell3941BP 95471/1923The BadgerBromsgrove
Burrell4081RT 510412/1928FearlessThursford
Clayton & Shuttleworth46823KE 41736/1914DustyWickford
Davey Paxman19412KE 270010/1916DrumtochtyPreston, Kent
Davey Paxman19413KE 270110/1916The EngineerHinckley
Foden9052SN 1607-/1920Rob RoyAberdeen
Foden12370TT 86597/1926Perseverance
(Island Chief ?)
Foster13036FE 10795/1913Pride of EssexMaldon
Foster14066FE 15894/1915Endeavour?Boston
Foster14568NT 718410/1925MatildaStroud
Fowler11637HK 98438/1909WinifredManchester
Fowler14925YKJ 3819/1917WindrushNaas
Fowler15467AD 92003/1920Sir DouglasWitham, Essex
Fowler15629U 72909/1920John Fowler
(The Tiger)
Fowler15902KR 87283/1923JessicaBirmingham
Garrett33180BJ 44837/1919The Suffolk Punch/The JokerLeiston
Garrett33705BJ 478812/1919Pendle PrincessTo Japan 1976
Garrett33981KE 712411/1920Garrett 33981Warwick
Garrett34461PM 47953/1924VictoriaSalisbury
Garrett35461MI 20106/1931Rob Roy / BoolavogueEnnisworthy
Marshall53176KE 468111/1909BoadiceaAltrincham
Marshall Q73040BL 217912/1920Marshall QHaslemere
Marshall74399NR 1804/1921UnnamedIpswich
Marshall84562KP 69695/1929HenryUckfield
Ransome Sims & Jeffries207602891 UR12/1908JubileeCostock, Notts
Ransome Sims & Jeffries441264/19434/1943WinifredBoarstall, Bucks
Robey42216FE 66721/1925"57" JeannieTring
Sentinel8393DX 904812/1930HMS SultanGosport
Tasker1666AA56397/1915One of Kitchener’s BoysWatlington, Oxon
Wallis & Steevens7449KM 90349/1915Portway PufferAndover
Wallis & Steevens
(Tbc if ex Lambert engine)
7539BE 93602/1917MidnightMansfield
Wallis & Steevens7601BE 39101/1918Edward VIIWinchester
Wallis & Steevens7740HO 645110/1925SamLymington

Steam Engine Builders


Founded by William Allchin in 1847 the Globe Works, located by the River Nene in Northampton. The firm built its first steam engine in 1872 and incorporated at the turn of the century and traded as William Allchin (& sons) Ltd.

The steam engines were considered high quality but the output was low. There are only circa 20 preserved examples known to have survived, which is about 10% of the total production over a 50 year period.

The last Allchin steam engine was built in 1925 with the economic depression post World War One putting pressure on the purse strings of key customer segments such as the farming industry.

Aveling & Porter

Aveling and Porter was a British agricultural engine and steamroller (road roller) manufacturer based in Strood, Rochester. Thomas Aveling and Richard Thomas Porter entered into partnership in 1862, and developed a steam engine three years later in 1865.

By the early 1900s, the company had become the largest manufacturer of steamrollers (road rollers) in the world. The company used a rampant horse as its logo derived from the White Horse of Kent.


Charles Burrell & Sons were builders of steam traction engines, agricultural machinery, steam lorries and steam tram engines. The company were based in Thetford, Norfolk and operated from the St Nicholas works on Minstergate and St Nicholas Street, some of which survives today.

At their height they employed over 350 people and were the largest employer within the town. The company became known for producing reliable and good-looking traction engines which were always built to customers’ requirements. The company declined after the First World War when internal combustion engines started to become a cheaper alternative to steam power. The company finally closed in 1928, with the final engines being built by Richard Garrett & Sons at Leiston, Suffolk.

Clayton & Shuttleworth

Clayton & Shuttleworth was an engineering company located at Stamp End Works, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. The company was established in 1842 when Nathaniel Clayton formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, Joseph Shuttleworth.

33 of the company’s traction engines survived into preservation along with 11 steam rollers and 3 steam wagons. 19 portable engines have also survived.

Davey Paxman

Paxman was founded by James Noah Paxman, Henry and Charles Davey as Davey, Paxman & Davey, Engineers in 1865, later Davey, Paxman & Co. which became a limited company in 1898. In 1920 the company became a member of the Agricultural & General Engineers (AGE) combine. In 1932 AGE collapsed and Paxman emerged as Davey Paxman & Co (Colchester) Ltd.

Davey, Paxman and Davey conducted business as general engineers and ironworkers. The company manufactured steam engines, boilers, agricultural machinery, and mill gearing. By the early 1870s the company was supplying machinery to the Kimberley diamond mines in South Africa.


Edwin Foden Sons & Co of Sandbach, Cheshire was formed in 1887, building on an established stationary steam engine business that had entered the stream traction market in 1880. By 1900 Foden had plenty of experience in producing steam traction engines, incorporating the compound design and so moved into three-ton steam lorry manufacture.


William Foster & Co Ltd was an agricultural machinery company based in Lincoln, Lincolnshire often called “Fosters of Lincoln.” The company can be traced back to 1846, when William Foster purchased a flour mill in Lincoln. William Foster then proceeded to start small scale manufacturing of mill machinery and threshing machinery. The mill was converted to an iron foundry by 1856, thus becoming the original Wellington Foundry. By 1899 the works had moved to the Wellington foundry in New Boultham and the original works were then occupied by William Rainforth. During the First World War Fosters built some of the first tanks for the British Army.


John Fowler & Co Engineers of Leathley Road, Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire produced traction engines and ploughing implements and equipment, as well as railway equipment. 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 built by Fowler.


Richard Garrett & Sons was a manufacturer of agricultural machinery, steam engines and trolleybuses. Their factory was Leiston Works, in Leiston, Suffolk, England. The company was founded by Richard Garrett in 1778. The company was active under its original ownership between 1778 and 1932.


Marshall, Sons & Co. was a British agricultural machinery manufacturer founded in 1848. The company was based in the Britannia Iron Works, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Early production was of steam engines and agricultural machinery. Later production included diesel tractors such as the Field Marshall, Track Marshall and former Leyland wheeled tractors.

Ransome Sims & Jeffries

Coming soon.