STOOMWALSEN CLUB NEDERLAND


| September/October 1978



Steam engine

 Holland has a very active and enthusiastic steam organization, known as the Stoomwalsen club Nederland, and our readers will want to know more about it.

'Stoomwalsen' means steam roller, but the club welcomes anything powered by steam.

The Dutch Steam Roller Club was founded in 1969, for the preservation of steam engines. Steam is no longer used in road construction in Holland, but as many of the rollers as could be found were saved.

Of the first 25 located, some were privately owned, some still owned by contractors. The 25 included 11 of British make; 13, German, and one, Dutch. The first and oldest steam roller in Holland is an Aveling & Porter, No. 4711, built in 1901. Its picture was used for a drawing commissioned by the club.

Some portable engines can still be found in Holland. The club holds rallies, some large and some small, organized in cooperation with tourist boards and other groups.

Annual get-togethers are held at Hoorn, in northern Holland, a very picturesque city, and members have a lot of fun at the meets. Prince Bernhard and the British Ambassador attended one of these in 1975. A number of Britons took part, including Ron Hawthorne, well known author, who brought the famous engine, 'Renown.'