Allchin roller 1131 ‘The County Borough of Northampton Highways Department No.1

The Northampton and Lamport Railway CIO is extremely fortunate to be the proud owner and custodian of a very important piece of local Northampton history.

Allchin Road Roller No 1131 was built in 1899 by William Allchin at the companies Globe Works’ by the River Nene in Northampton. She was built for Northampton Borough Council and registered as “The County Borough of Northampton Highways Department No.1” on 28th February 1900.

She was used by the Highways Department for road making and repairs to existing streets, avenues and roads until taken out of service sometime in the 1960’s.

After retirement the roller took part in the Northampton Carnival Parades each year.

Unfortunately sometime in the 1970s, the roller fell into disuse and was left in a dismantled state in one of the Council’s yards.

In 2009 the roller was donated to the Northampton and Lamport Railway and moved to Pitsford and Brampton in July of that year. Efforts to raise the money for its restoration began.

In November 2010 the roller was fortunate to receive grant funding from the National Lottery ‘The People’s Millions’ fund. This allowed an immediate start on a comprehensive overhaul and return to service. The restoration took about a year and the completed roller was ready on 31st December 2011.

She now attends various events and steam rallies around the country every year, as well as steaming on certain dates at her home here at the Northampton and Lamport Railway.


If you would like the Allchin Roller to attend your event please email

ABOVE: Map of 1899 showing the location of Allchin’s ‘Globe Works’ on the south bank of the River Nene (where Trenery Way is today), right in the heart of Northampton.

The works closed in 1931, following the agricultural depression of the 1920s.

ABOVE: Advert for Allchin traction engines from 1908