Only in the past century and a half have we enjoyed the luxury of a well-maintained, surfaced network of roads which would not have been possible without the humble steam roller. Evolved from horse drawn portable engines, the earliest purpose-built steam roller was made in France in 1861. Four years later, the first steam roller to be used in the UK was developed by what became the largest manufacturer, Aveling and Porter. It is only thanks to the present day custodians who had the foresight to protect and conserve these historic engines for future generations to enjoy that the interesting noises and smells remain tangible. In doing so, steam roller owners have successfully prevented a wonderful part of Great Britain's industrial engineering heritage from vanishing Filmed at the annual Fairford Steam Rally and the Great Dorset Steam Fair, this Steam Rollers DVD features a host of the finest steam rollers in preservation in the UK today.