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Preston Services of Canterbury,in Kent England are dealers in steam engines. The company buys engines world wide and repatriates them to the UK. They also sell engines on commission for owners and source engines for buyers. They have probably the largest stock of engines awaiting restoration in the UK and probably world wide.

Company historyEdit

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NOTEEdit

Not all the engines seen in the Yard belong to Preston Services or are for sale, some are just stored at the yard or visiting for the events. Many of the engine are missing the full identity and are identified by T numbers which are listed in the Traction Engine Register,a comprehensive list of all known engines in the UK.

Projects awaiting new ownersEdit

Here is alist of some of the engines stored at the yard.

  • some of the many 'restoration projects' in stock in the yard June 2012
  • Projects lined up in the main shed
  • Line up of Portables in shed - Jan 2011
  • Stock of traction engines
  • Line up of rollers at the Jan 2011 openday

This is a list of the stock of 'Future projects' in the yard at Preston Services in Kent. Many of these derelict engines have been repatriated from South America and other overseas places. The identity of a number of the engines is unknown.

Some of these engines may belong to 3rd parties and are being offered for sale on there behalf by Preston Services (Note others may only be in storage or under repair at the premises). The engines have been photographed on the public open days held between Christmas and New Year and at the Preston Steam Rally and East Kent Show.

For detailed information or to buy any individual engine please contact Michael List Brain at Preston Services direct -

The Preston Steam Services Engine list*
ID no. Make & Serial No. Reg-no./Name Type Year cylinders Image Misc info
T3 Atkinson no. 72 CK 209 wagon 1918  ? Atkinson steam wagon CK 209 - Her Majesty at Preston Rally 2012 - IMG 2752 Restored
T?? Aveling & Porter no. ? - Plg  ?  ? Aveling & Porter plg at Preston Services - IMG 3085 Imported from ?
T6 Walker no. ? The North Wales CE 1896  ? Image needed LHB
T7 Yorkshire wagon no. 652 U 2749 wagon 1914  ? Yorkshire Steam wagon no. 652 - U 2749 at Preston Rally - IMG 2764
T8 Mclaren no. 1434 - RL 1917  ? Image needed LHB
T9 McLaren no. 1292 (Hannibal) RL 1911  ? to add Image needed LHB Sold - was at Dorset 2010 part restored
T11 McLaren no. 943 - RL 1906  ? Image needed LHB
T14 Foster no. 3084 - Tractor 1905  ? Image needed LHB
T15 Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 25781 - TE 1913  ? Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 25781 - Te - (T15) at Preston Services - IMG 5770
T17 Ruston Proctor no. UP86 - - 1907  ? Image needed LHB
T19 Ruston Proctor no. 42560 - PE 1911 Single Image needed LHB
T21 Garrett no. 15152 - PE 1882  ? Garrett no. 15152 - PE - (T21) at Preston Services - IMG 5751
T23 Wolf no. 7732(Germany) - PE 1900 single Image needed LHB
T27 McLaren no. 849 - TE 1904  ? Image needed LHB
T28 Italo-Svizzera no. 879 - PE Unknown  ? Image needed LHB
T36 Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. UP83 - PE 1?  ? Image needed LHB
T38 Robey no. 10456 - PE 1888 Single Image needed LHB
T39 Unidentified Maker - UP106 - PE  ? Single Image needed LHB From South America
T40 Ruston Proctor no. UP85 - PE 1895 Single Ruston Proctor (UP85) T40 -PE at Preston Services - IMG 2957
T41 Garrett no. UP78 - -  ?  ? Garrett T41 at Preston Services - IMG 2925
T42 Robey no. 10330 - PE 1888 single Robey no. 10330 - PE - (T42) at Preston Services - IMG 5757
T43 Marshall no. 54551 - PE 1907 S Marshall no. 54551 (T43) at Preston Services - IMG 2987
T44 Maker no. ? - - 1907  ? to add Image needed LHB
T46 Garrett no. UP79 - -  ?  ? Image needed LHB
T47 Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 9313 - PE 1895  ? Image needed LHB
T49 Weyher & Richemond no. 279 - PE 1880  ? Image needed LHB
T50 Marshall no. 61784 - PE 1913 Single Marshall no. 61784 - PE - (T50) at Preston Services - IMG 5739
T51 Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 19630 - PE 1895 single Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 19630 - PE - T51 at Preston services - IMG 5731
T52 Lanz no. 24549 - PE circa 1910 single Lanz no 24549 - PE - (T52) at Preston Services - IMG 5772
T53 Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 13429 - PE 1900  ? Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 13429 - PE (T53) at Preston Services - IMG 5733
T57 Italo-Svizzera no. 725 - PE year unknown  ? Italo-Svizzera no. 725 pe (T57) at Preston services - IMG 5736
T58 William Rose no. ? Metropolitan Fire Engine 1900  ? Image needed LHB
T59 Ransomes, Simms & Jefferies no. 14381 - PE 1903  ? Image needed LHB
T61 Italo-Svizzera no. UP80 - PE year unknown  ? Image needed LHB
T62 Aveling & Porter no. ? - - 1907  ? Image needed LHB
T64 Maker no. ? - PE 1907  ? Image needed LHB
T65 Hienrick Lanz no. UP82 - PE unknown  ? Heinrick Lanz T65 PE at Preston Services - IMG 3008
T66 Unidentified Maker - UP107 - PE  ? Single Image needed LHB From Mozambique
T71 Maker no. ? - TE  ?  ? Image needed LHB
T72 Maker no. ? - TE  ?  ? Image needed LHB
T73 Maker no. ? - TE  ?  ? Image needed LHB
T74 Ruston Proctor no. ? - TE  ?  ? Image needed LHB
T75 Clayton & Shuttleworth no. ? - TE  ?  ? Image needed LHB
T76 Clayton & Shuttleworth no. 40765 - TE 1908  ? Image needed LHB
T78 Merryweather no. 2354 - FP 1903 ?  ? Merryweather fire pump at Preston Services -IMG 5592 No number seen on engine
T81 (UP96) Davey Paxman no. UP96 - - 1907  ? Image needed LHB
T83 Aveling & Porter no. ? - - 1907  ? Image needed LHB Sold
T84 Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. ? - PE  ? Single Image needed LHB
T87 Richard Hornsby no. 7815 - PE 1893  ? Image needed LHB
T88 Clayton & Shuttleworth no. 23267 - PE 1885  ? Image needed LHB
T90 Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 25642 - PE 1912  ? Image needed LHB
T92 Clayton & Shuttleworth no. ? - PE  ?  ? Image needed LHB
T?? Fowler no. ? - Plg type BB1 unknown  ? Fowler - BB1 plg engine at Preston Services - IMG 3092
T?? Unidentified Maker no. ? - - 1907  ? Image needed LHB
T?? Ruston & Hornsby no. 128183 - Direct Plg  ?  ? Ruston Hornsby no.128183 - plg at Preston Services - IMG 3080
Engines listed without T numbers as Cantabury in TER List and/or parked in Prestons sheds or yard
- Advance Rumely no. ? - TE year ?  ? Image needed LHB
- Aveling Barford no. AC605 DTM 537 Caroline RR 1937 Single Aveling-Barford AC605 - roller - DTM 537 at Preston Services - IMG 2804
- Aveling & Porter no. 6378 PB 9581 Elizabeth RR 1907 DC Aveling & Porter np 6378 - RR - Elizabeth - PB 9581 at Preston Services 2011 - IMG 5649
- Aveling & Porter no. 14186 ENN 173 Roll On RR 1938  ?
- Avery no. 1442 - Plowing 190?  ? Avery no. 1443 - d.plg at Preston Services 2011 - IMG 5498 Complete (not in steam)
- Buffalo Springfield no. 3509 - Roller 1920  ? Image needed LHB In steam at Preston Rally 2012
- Burrell no. 3034 AF 3580 TE 1908 Compound Burrell no. 3034 mfc plate - IMG 5539
- Case no. 27904 - type 1912 single Case no. 27904 - TE at Preston Services - IMG 5600 Sold
- Clayton & Shuttleworth no. 29680 - PE 1887  ? Image needed LHB
- Clayton & Shuttleworth no. 41847 - TE 1909  ? Image needed LHB
- Clayton & Shuttleworth no. 48946 YA 9576 Ironside RR 1924  ? Clayton & Shuttleworth no. 48946 - RR - Ironside - YA 9576 at Preston Services 2011 - IMG 5638 Sold
- J&J Drysdale no. ? - TE/PE  ?  ? to add Image needed LHB from Peru
- Fowler no. 11814 Berkshire Tarriff Queen TE 1907  ? to add Image needed LHB
- Frick no. 21918 - TE 1921 Twin Frick no. 21918 - TE at Preston Services 2011 - IMG 5598
- Henschel no. 5063 Helga RR 1953 Compound Henschel no. 5063 - RR - Helga at Preston Services 2011 - IMG 5648
- E.S.Hindley no. 3415 - PE 1900  ? Image needed LHB
(338) Marshall no. 37734 - TE 1902  ? Marshall no. 37734 - TE at Preston Services - IMG 3075
- Marshall no. 57936 - PE 1911 single Marshall no. 57936 - PE at Preston Services - IMG 5760
- Richard Hornsby no. 1531 - PE 1870  ? Richard Hornsby (1531) PE at Preston Services - IMG 3050 Twin cylinder
- Ramsomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 9136 - PE 1890 ?  ? Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 9136 - mfc plate - IMG 5560
T?? Maker no. ? - - 1907  ? Image needed LHB
- Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 10402 - PE 1896  ? Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies no. 10402 - PE plate - IMG 3003
- Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 14245 - PE 1901  ? Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies no.14245 - PE at Preston Services - IMG 3000
- Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 22856 - PE 1908 Single Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 22856 - PE - Preston Services - IMG 5764
- Maker no. 24664 - PE 1912  ? Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies no. 24664 - PE at Preston Services - IMG 5571
- Robey no. 10247 - PE 1887  ? Robey no. 10247 - PE at Preston Services - IMG 5747
T?? Robey no. UP71 - PE  ?  ? Image needed LHB
- Robey no. 43337 - Mill 1927 Tandem Compound Robey horizontal engine frame at Preston Services - IMG 3062 Robey horizontal engine cylinders at Preston Services - IMG 3063
- Wallis & Steevens no. 7836 RO 895 Jenny Advanced Roller 1925 Twin Wallis & Steevens no. 7836 - RR - Jenny - RO 895 at Preston Services - IMG 5635 Ex Museum
T?? Maker no. ? - type 1907  ? Image needed LHB

We still have a number of photos to match up with the engines listed here.

*Note:Several of the engines listed in the TER under the T numbers have since being sold to new owners. This list was compiled from information on Preston Services web site, Steam Scenes, various magazines or in the TER list from were the T number/serial no. data was sourced, not every engine in the yard has its Serial/T number visible for photographing as they were tightly packed. A number were offered for sale by auction at the 2011/2012 New Year open days so now also have lot numbers painted on them (see photo above of line up outside).

Preston Steam MuseumEdit

The Steam Museum at Preston Services - IMG 5723

The Steam Museum at Preston Services in Kent

House in the adjacent Oust House is a small collection of stationary steam engines.

Preston Steam RallyEdit

The Preston steam rally is held on the adjacent land in ? each year. The rally is independently organised. The yard and museum are open free to all visitors to the rally.

GalleryEdit

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See alsoEdit

References / sourcesEdit

Photos taken on site 2011 and 2012

External linksEdit

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