1901 8nhp Aveling and Porter Showmans Road Locomotive No. 4885 “Samson”

This double crank compound two speed engine left the Rochester works in November 1901 as a Class LC8 road locomotive and was supplied to the Admiralty for hauling heavy guns. Although a large engine with 7’ driving wheels, it had the advantage of being relatively narrow for negotiating narrow streets and bridges.

In the 1930s it was fitted with a dynamo bracket and full Showmans fittings for the well known showman Charles Presland of Tilbury. It was saved for preservation in the 1960s and restored by Tom Paisley of Holywell, Hunts. It was one of the star lots at the famous Paisley Sale in 1980 being acquired by Tom Varley of Gisburn, Yorkshire. In his ownership, the engine was fitted with a new firebox and bottom third of the boiler barrel in 1984 and further restoration was carried out.

“Samson” was acquired by Derek Stevenson of Skegness in 1990 and last steamed in 1995, having been rarely seen in public.  Since that time the engine has been carefully stored. 

The engine is basically sound but will require recommissioning. Either in road locomotive or showmans form, this is a rare and highly desirable engine and a unique opportunity for the discerning collector. 

For further information, please contact Willem Middlemiss on 07801 229129 or willem.middlemiss@cheffins.co.uk

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