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Matchbox, Aveling-Barford road rollers

by Peter
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Aveling-Barford is a name that Matchbox, Lesney used for many of it’s construction vehicles and along with it’s dumpers and loaders was a range of road rollers.

In 1962 Matchbox released the King Size road roller No K9 with painted metal wheels and would of had a driver in red too, although a rarer grey driver has been seen.

The smaller 1-75 range had three issues of this roller, the first one had metal wheels, No 1b and was released back in 1956 and withdrawn in 1962 and was 57mm long, and replaced by the later issue in 1962 with metal wheels, No 1c but was 67mm long this was withdrawn in 1967 and was replaced with No 1d, the plastic red wheel version (below) and finally withdrawn in 1968.

The first Roller by Matchbox Lesney was 1a, a much smaller roller with a canopy and was 49mm long, this was released as early as 1953 and was produced until 1955.

All the three models above together to show size difference.

The real roller

Aveling Barford, a short history

Aveling & Porter, Rochester, Kent.

Thomas Aveling built his first steam roller in 1865, the company making more steam rollers than all other maker’s combined output during their production period.

In 1899 the basic three wheel design roller which evolved over the last years of the nineteenth century and became the format to which the majority of steam rollers were subsequently made by all manufacturers.

Barford & Perkins, Peterborough, Huntingdonshire.

Introduced petrol and paraffin rollers into their product range in 1904, followed by diesel rollers in 1927.

Aveling-Barford Ltd., Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Formed in 1934 as a merger of the above two companies. The rampant horse surmounting “Invicta” taken from the coat of arms of Kent is still used by them, the meaning “Unconquered”, appropriate to the company’s production of rollers, also describing the phrase still used today – “like a steam roller”.


Corgi Juniors Barford Bison

by Peter
Categories: Aveling-Barford, Construction Plant, Corgi Juniors, Diecast models
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Got a soft spot for dumpers as I have had a few real one’s myself including a Barford.

The Corgi Juniors Barford Bison was numbered 85 and called a ‘skip dumper’

This is based on a 1972 dumper available in 2 and 4 wheel drive by The Barford Company.

This Corgi Juniors version was made in China and comes in so many colour combinations I’m not going to list them here.

Most later dumpers had this configuration of the load skip in front of the driver/operator where as early dumpers were more like trucks with the load behind the driver.

The real dumper

The Barford Company is a Site dumper manufacturer based in the famous Invicta works of Aveling-Barford in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. They are a successor to the Aveling-Barford company. They build 2 axle site dumpers, and rebuild older Aveling-Barford 3 Axle Off road dumpers for export companies and markets. They are part of the Wordsworth Holdings group who have a range of engineering orientated companies based on the site, which they acquired in 1988, sharing some of the machine capacity.

Barford is the No. 3 Site dumper manufacture in the UK competing with Thwaites and Benford, and against imported machines in the 2 ton to 10 ton forward tip market. This is one sector a lot of the big names dont build machines for. As ‘Forward tip’ machines are predominantly a UK & Irish market machine. Of the big names only Terex sell dumpers of this type.

The company can trace it Dumper linage back to the first dumpers built in the inter war years.

Below is an original sale brochure for the Barford Bison from the 1970′s


Aveling-Barford loaders

by Peter
Categories: Aveling-Barford, Construction Plant, Diecast models, Matchbox
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Aveling-Barford was one of the biggest construction plant manufacturers in the 50′s and early 60′s and Matchbox made some of their machines, the one we are looking at here is the front end loader.

The first one is one of the Matchbox 1-75 range and dates from 1962, this is Number 43 in the range.

Matchbox also made the larger version in green and numbered K10 and also called a loader shovel, this was produced around 1966.

The real loaders

Aveling-Barford came into being in 1933, as the result of the amalgamation of the country’s two leading manufacturers of road rollers, Aveling & Porter and Barford & Perkins, Aveling & Porter known for their steam rollers as well as diesel rollers, Barford known for site dumpers and Perkins of the diesel engine fame.

During the war the company built Bren gun carriers for the army, shell fuse caps and various precision-made components for tanks and submarines.

Finding a picture of the Front end loader shovel proved to be very hard but did find one, but may be a slightly later version as this one has a cab, this one was known as the TS350c.