The Things I've Seen


| November/December 1996



10-ton steam roller

Photo 1.

28 Hyacinth Street, Asquith New South Wales 2077 Australia

In addition to the pictures shown on this month's back cover, I have sent a few others that you may find of interest.

Photo #1 is of a 10-ton steam roller I found near Datong, China, in 1988. It was being used in a field when I went past in a bus in the morning, but when I returned in the afternoon the fire had been dropped. I took a number of photos including one of the builder's plate which I had a friend translate when I returned home. The most surprising thing was that it had been built in February 1966, which must make it one of the last steam rollers ever built in the world. It was built by the First Mechanical Industries Department, Suizhou Engineering Machinery Factory. It had a fast moving speed of 3.7 km per hour, and a slow moving speed of 2.5 km per hour, at 200 rpm. Roller width was 1980 mm, front wheel linear pressure 28 kg/cm, rear wheel linear pressure 75 kg/cm. The unit is 5740 mm long, 1984 mm wide, and 2990 mm high. Boiler pressure was 11 kg/cm2, evaporation rate 0.2 tons per hour, heating surface 8 m2 cylinder diameter 200 mm.

Photo 2 is an Australian built 8 HP compound roller, built at Cowley's Eureka Iron Works, Ballarat, Victoria, in 1928, builders number 1217, for the Ballarat City Council, which used the engine until 1950. It is now owned by Andrew Reynolds. The photo was taken at a rally at Wantirna, Melbourne.

Photo 3 was taken at Lake Goldsmith Rally in 1992, and shows a Foden traction engine built in 1905, builders number 1138, 7 HP compound. Originally used for road haul age, it later drove a stone crushing plant. It's now owned by John Smyth.

I took photo 4 at Mildura, on the border between New South Wales and Victoria. It shows McClaren traction engine #438. The engine is preserved in a park next to a large steam pump built by Tangye.