Man of Steam
The paper was presented on behalf of Keith Sargeant of Chinook Sciences Inc by our President John Paterson. Keith was called away on business at the last moment. His presentation was called “Man of Steam”.
John began with a potted history of Keith's life to date by stating he was a Black Country man who liked his tea by the pot not by the cup.
Keith had worked for over 24 years restoring the Steam Road Roller at his back door. John showed a series of photographs showing the different stages of the restoration of this engine.
The engine is called “Eventuality” and now it has been restored is worth over £40000.00. It was origianlly built by Aveling and Porter, a British agricultural engine and steam roller manufacturer. Thomas Aveling and Richard Thomas Porter entered into partnership in 1862. They developed a steam engine three years later in 1865 and produced more of the machines than all other British manufacturers. The engine was owned by the MOD and last used at Stafford for the runways for the RAF. When Keith found the engine it was in a play park for a Play Group in Stafford.
John went on to show Keith’s latest purchase, a Tank Engine. He has this at Chasewater Railway in Staffordshire. Andrew Barclay Sons & Co. of Glasgow and Kilmarnock was the builder of the engine in the 1800’s.
John was congratulated for an excellent presentation and did answer a number of questions from one of our largest attendances.
Dr Tom Paterson gave the vote of thanks to both John and in his absence, to Keith Sargeant.