Many firms built steam engines but a few grew to be the major suppliers.
Aveling & Porter from Rochester, Fowler of Leeds, Marshall of
Gainsborough, Garrett of Leiston, Suffolk and Burrell of Thetford
were the most well known and all are represented at Dingles Steam
Village. Burrells whilst the smallest of the 'big boys' have the
greatest percentage of their product surviving and over half the
collection are Burrells; four steam rollers, one traction engine,
one road locomotive and three showman's engines.
Dingles owned over a hundred steam engines over the years and forty
five still exist of which seven are here. There are also examples
of early petrol and diesel engined machines and a 1918 Leyland lorry
is displayed which has been owned by Dingles since it was new. This
was the first restoration which Richard carried out 30 years ago
and it is now ready for another one. If he lives to be 1000 he may
get everything done!