Manufactured by Charles Burrell & Sons “Peter Pan” was a 4NHP engine no. 3433. A Showman’s road locomotive is a steam powered road-going ‘locomotive’ designed to provide power and transport for a travelling fair or circus. Similar to other road-going traction engines, Showman’s engines were normally distinguished by the addition of a full-length canopy, a dynamo mounted in front of the chimney, and brightly coloured paintwork with ornate decorations. The dynamo was used to generate electricity to illuminate and power various fairground rides.
“Simon” was probably a 2 gear, 8NHP road locomotive manufactured by John Fowler & Co.
“Acquitania” was a Showman’s engine, manufactured by William Foster of Lincoln in 1914.
The “Wantage” was manufactured by Wantage Engineering Co. Ltd., and was an 8 hp single cylinder traction engine.
Aveling and Porter was a British agricultural engine and steam roller manufacturer. Thomas Aveling and Richard Thomas Porter entered into partnership in 1862, developed a steamengine three years later in 1865. The company became the largest manufacturer of steam rollers in the world.