On A Roll

At the Southland Steam Engine Club rally on 09 Feb 2019 I was drawn to this steam roller. An interesting machine and some nice detailing too. Meet “Colleen”. Taken at Brydone near Gore, Southland, New Zealand by Liz (unless otherwise attributed).


“Colleen”

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The following photos are detail shots of parts that you can see above

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steam_roller_03Above photo taken by Nigel

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For more detail on the name plaque below click on the photo to enlarge

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Shovelling coal to feed the firebox

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From the other side of the engine

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The steam roller with its next-door neighbour the steam tractor

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Name information from the plaque:

By Royal Letters Patent
No. 11320
Aveling & Porter Limited
Rochester
Kent – England


Text and photos by Liz unless otherwise accredited; Exploring Colour (2019)

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  1. I’m really enjoying your steam engine posts. And it makes me very happy to see these well-crafted machines in running condition. Colleen is looking very well for someone of a certain age. Part of the appeal, is that this machinery is comprehensible. I can actually grasp how double-action steam pistons, worm screws, etc. work, whereas I’ve never clearly understood, say, how a hydrogen fuel cells works. Or even an automatic transmission, even though that technology is at least eighty years old now, and a number of people have tried to explain it to me.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Robert, very encouraging! I may have lost some followers with my recent focus on machinery but I’m committed to blogging about whatever takes my interest!

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