here for the International Stationary Steam Index
Many of these
entries were originally available on the
International Stationary Steam Pages.
These engines rarely carry identification plates but the
information is often buried under layers of rust and paint, for a guide to
finding them click here, (notes updated 13th
There is an incomplete Marshall steam roller outside the
Library in Lautoka, http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunshinesimis/5750520548/in/photostream/,
(added 16th October 2012).
||For some time Derek Rayner has searching out surviving steam
rollers and other road engines. Click here to view a list of known
survivors, most of which are illustrated (updated 8th July 2016).
||As enthusiasts have wandered around Java, it has become apparent that there
are quite a few steam rollers which tend to be monuments outside
highway departments. I have prepared an initial list
with illustrations now extended to other islands and other kinds of road
engines (latest addition 7th September 2016). Further additions will be very
welcome, I am sure it is incomplete.
There is apparently an extant steam roller 'somewhere in
Laos'. There were pictures here http://rideasia.net/forum/post3844.html#p3844
(2nd May 2012, but the link is now dead). The builder is currently unknown. There
are now (1st November 2013) pictures here
(link broken by 25th October 2016),
beware the site appears very slow.
There are a number of portable engines 'preserved'
in the country including Taiping
Museum and Kuala
Kangsar (both Garretts, but they may be the same engine) and Seremban Museum (picture left courtesy of Mike Pass). All
this was added to the stationary steam page on 3rd April 2013 and this
page on 10th December 2016.
This Marshall portable is preserved at the United
Plantations museum at Division 1, Jendarata Estate near Teluk Intan,
The picture is courtesy of Tooyavan Dhamotharan (20th December 2016).
Bernd Seiler photographed this Marshall portable
(87298/1934) at the workshops of the Janakpur Railway at Khajuri
in 2005. There is no reason to suppose it is not still there as
all the steam locomotives stored there have recently been reported
present (13th November 2014).
There are four known extant steam rollers in Pakistan:
Mughalpura Works, Lahore. Said to be "Made by Marshall Sons & Co. India in 1956 for Pakistan Western Railways. Still in working condition and placed in Loco Shop
Mughalpura, Lahore, Pakistan. Total weight 15.0 tons. Water capacity 20.0 gallons. Oil capacity 15.0 gallons."
Derek Rayner advises that in fact the roller will have been built in
Gainsborough, UK and some time before this date. This is a 2006 picture by Thomas Kautzor (added 16th May 2013).
- Ayub National Park, Rawalpindi is host to Aveling and Porter 3218/1893 http://www.flickr.com/photos/42573699@N03/3971641769/in/photostream/
- There is a preserved Marshall roller in Quetta http://pakistaniat.com/2009/04/06/an-old-roller-of-quetta-municipality/
(added 1st May 2012, link dead by October 2014)
- There is a preserved Marshall roller in Rasul said to be in "Gov College Rasul MB Din, Mandi Bahauddin - Sarai Alamgir Road, Rasul, Pakistan"
There are at least 3 steam wagons and one steam roller known to
survive in Colombo alone - click here for
pictures and basic information or use the link below for the full report. The
Highways Museum at Kiribatkumbura near Kandy on the main road from Colombo is
home to 2 steam rollers and two motor rollers, I have now added Derek Rayner's
pictures to the page linked above (14th March 2013).
Robey steam wagon C-6037 has been restored to working
order by a group of students and a lecturer (who worked in Sri Lanka German Railway Technical Training Institute - SLGRTT ).
The picture is from Nalin Abeysinghe (22nd June 2013) who has also sent
some pictures of its restoration in progress
in 2010 (30th June 2013)..
Wout Deelen has an Aveling and Porter steam roller which
he says belonged to the Sri Lanka railway until ca 1983, he would very much
appreciate pictures of it in the country preferably working.
Incidentally a quick Google search shows that the UK is host to a Fowler
roller and at least one other A&P (added 12th
June 2011), Derek Rayner says he believes that there were up to 6
Avelings (Aveling & Porter and Aveling-Barford) brought back, one of
the latter is now in Germany. James Waite and Thomas Kautzor were
here on a visit in January 2010 and have provided a comprehensive survey of relics
in Colombo which includes non-railway items such as a steam roller and steam
lorries (last updated 26th January 2011).
This Marshall portable (41427/1904) was found and
photographed by John Knapton on a tyre company's forecourt in Kandy (7th
Derek Rayner has sent this picture by Don Proudlock of a
single speed Aveling and Porter piston valve compound roller spotted on
the right entering Puttalam from the south in 2001(!), that's about
100km north of Colombo. Later information would be appreciated (29th
||As we (and others) have wandered around the
country, it has become apparent that there is much preserved and extant steam
kit, particularly steam rollers which tend to be monuments outside provincial
highway departments. I have prepared an initial list
(updated with a new discovery 25th April 2014). Additions will be very
welcome, I am sure it is woefully incomplete.
||The Rahmi M Koç Museum, Istanbul is home to a
number of road engines, while this site has long featured pictures
of the stationary steam engines and steam locomotives, visitors
who send in reports have ignored these! There are 3 recent imports
from the UK plus an American traction engine. Thomas Kautzor has
now sent (16th June 2016) a very nice
set of pictures which show that these exhibits are as well
presented as the other exhibits.
Thomas Kautzor points out that, in 2008, there was a
collection of portables Tshikapa, in the western Kasaï. They used to belong to Forminière, which was mining diamonds in the area.
They are illustrated here http://www.mbujimayi-miba.be/PHOTOS1/Tshikapa%20ces%20derniers%20temps/album/slides/17_machines_vapeur_2008.html
(3rd April 2015).
||A Fowler ploughing engine survives at the
Kwilu-Ngongo sugar mill, the picture by Scott Jesser was taken on
21st October 2014 (1st October 2016).
||Thomas Kautzor has supplied these pictures of a
Fowler crane engine which is 'preserved' outside the Technology
and Science Museum in Accra which date from 2007 (added 7th
||An Albaret Steam Roller was photographed preserved in Yamoussoukro,
Lacs in January 1998, http://www.flickr.com/photos/27620970@N04/3604779073/.
Now Thomas Kautzor has reported that it is 1300/1939 and provided pictures taken on
15th September 2016 (13th October 2016).
Kenyan resident Roger Tanner has a serviceable preserved
Ransomes Sims and Jefferies portable and another from Ruston and Hornsby
that has yet to be fully restored, see John Ashworth's report - http://www.friendsoftherail.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=319&t=11724&p=33577#p33577
(added 7th November 2013).
A preserved portable engine is shown here - http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5205/5360719138_757255ce4c_b.jpg
- there is no indication of location or the origin of the engine (added
8th April 2012).
||Back in 2006, Thomas Kautzor stumbled across a
steam ploughing engine in Massina, Ségou Province. It is a rare
MAN engine built under licence from Heucke. There was a sister
engine here some time earlier, but that was exported to the
Netherlands and subsequently ended up in the UK (28th November
2013). Now Thomas tells me that there is a steam roller
(presumably of French origin) similarly abandoned near Kita (location 13° 19' 31.75" N 9° 31' 30.53" W). Note
that this seems to be a slide which has been scanned the wrong way
round and the image is 'flipped' - the flywheel should be on the
opposite side (10th June 2016).
||There is a preserved Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies
portable at the Seeheim Hotel, Seeheim, near Keetmanshoop in southern Namibia,
advises Stuart Barker (29th January 2013).
It carries the number 23914, which dates it between 1910 and 1912.
||Thomas Kautzor reports (1st April 2014) that
there is a Burrell compound road engine at the National Museum at
Jos. Apparently it was formerly used in the timber industry.
||Thomas Kautzor reports (23rd February 2012):
"Three steam rollers were found on the island, one next to a roundabout at the northern entrance to St-Leu, another at the Direction Départementale de l’Equipment in St-Pierre (marked with “Attention Danger” signs on all sides as if its boiler was about to explode), and the third beside road RF5 which leads to the Piton de la Fournaise volcano (said to have been used during the road’s construction in 1963)."
Derek Rayner comments that they are all Albarets.
There is a semi-preserved Ruston Proctor portable engine in Santo António on Principe
(8th April 2012). Another (Robey) portable is at Roça Milagrosa (south of
Trinidade, km 7) - see Thomas Kautzor's
(updated 4th December 2013)
There are probably more surviving portables, traction engine, steam
rollers etc in South Africa than in the rest of the continent put
together. Many can be found by doing a Google Image Search, but Dave
Collidge's SteamScenes website has an excellent section on them, many seem
to be in store under cover, an excellent idea in a country where scrap
thieves come armed with guns...Unfortunately no location is given for most
of the outdoor examples which are plinthed.
Sandstone Estates have an excellent collection see http://www.sandstone-estates.com/index.php/steam-engines
several of which are represented above.
Similarly the John Hall Museum of Transport http://www.jhmt.org.za/
(added 4th December 2013).
Of the non-Sandstone and JHMT engines above the following location can be
established by image searches on the web:
AP 8477 steam roller - Belfast. some way east of Pretoria 25° 41' 50.26" S 30° 2' 36.74" E
A Fowler steam roller is at Cape Town, Pinelands Park 33° 55' 47.62" S 18° 30' 57.01" E
(updated 4th December 2013)
There are many surviving portables, traction engine, steam rollers etc
in the country and these can be seen in modest numbers at various rallies.
The Echuca Steam Fair is by some way the biggest annual event - http://www.echucasteamrally.com.au/.
I have now uploaded some pictures of the 2013 event (the
50th) from Ray Gardiner (4th December 2013).
There is a list of surviving Davey Paxman portable engines in Australia
here - http://www.paxmanhistory.org.uk/portsaus.htm
(added 7th November 2013)
There are many surviving portables, traction engine, steam rollers etc
in the country and regular rallies are held here. Dave Collidge's
SteamScenes website has an excellent section on one of the largest ones
which featured no less than 77 engines, the Great Burrell Rally of 2006.
There were actually 'only' 33 Burrells...
USA and Canada
I have steered clear of this area as quite clearly I
could not do it justice. However, John Taubeneck points out (13th July
2015) that there is a list of survivors in these two countries, http://www.steel-wheels.net/nasteam.html.
It looks comprehensive (monstrously so) but I am in no position to comment
on how accurate it is for recent movements. Clearly anyone visiting North
America looking for road steam should consult it.
(updated 13th February 2016)
If you search the web, you will soon find that Chile is awash
with portables, some of which have made their way back to the UK. Similarly, no
doubt, full road engines such as the McLaren tractor and a Mann patent steam wagon
at Museo del Recuerdo
(Instituto de la Patagonia, Universidad de Magallanes (updated 6th July 2015).
||There is a preserved Aveling and Porter steam roller at
Sugar Mill 205 Camilo Cienfuegos near gate 3 at Puerta. It is A&P R12 Class 2 cylinder steam roller 11121/1925.
The identification comes from somebody who saw it whilst the works plate was
still in situ. This information moved here on 4th March 2012, it was previously
on a page concerning stationary
steam engines in Cuban sugar mills. You may also be interested
in a page of preserved steam
fire engines in Cuba.
Thomas Kautzor photographed this Tasker steam
'spring mounted' tractor (1453/1911) which is preserved at the Old Mill Cultural
Centre on the island. Further details will appear in a forthcoming
edition of Old Glory (23rd October 2013).
Two former Panoramio pictures shows a preserved steam roller in
Concepcion - 23° 24' 24.95" S 57° 26' 28.52" W. According to one visitor it's a
Ruthemeyer product, 11th September 2013).
Turks and Caicos Islands
Various web reports carry pictures of a Burrell road
locomotive on West Caicos island, needless to say in a derelict condition,
(original direct link no longer available 25th August 2015).Thanks to Tim Pennent for this one.
A former Panoramio picture showed an Aveling & Porter slide
valve compound steam roller (ca 1905) in Montevideo. The page indicates it was taken in Perez Castellanos,
34° 51' 36.18" S 56° 9' 49.68" W.
James Waite found a disused Marshall portable
engine at a tea factory (9th October 2014)
||The 'Museum of Old Machines' (Muzeum starých strojů a technologií)
is housed in the former Vonwiller textile factory in Žamberku in
the north-east of the country. It has an eclectic collection of
steam power and is also home to a collection of old internal
combustion machines. Chris Capewell and Nigel Mundy visited in
September 2014 and you can get a flavour of the museum from
their report (18th November 2014).
||The Emsland Moormuseum in Gross Hesepe contains
some interesting exhibits including two large ploughing engine. Thomas
Kautzor reports on his May 2013 visit (30th September 2013).
||There is a preserved Aveling and Porter steam
roller at the Árbær Museum in Reykjavik, this is said to be the
only one on the island (added 10th March 2012).
||Chris Capewell has sent this picture of a roller
at the Tarnowskie Gory / Repty museum site, better known for its
narrow gauge steam locomotive display. Accordign to the European
Traction Engine Register it is locally built by Cegielski
(831/1928) based on a Kemna gun tractor design. (14th September
2015) For more information on the company see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Cegielski_%E2%80%93_Pozna%C5%84.
||Thomas Kautzor photographed this well presented
Aveling and Porter steam roller (8415/1917) at Dietikon, outside
the Walo Bertschinger yard (14th September 2015).
Identification of Steam Rollers
Derek Rayner has produced some notes to aid identification, unfortunately
the methods are rather different for each maker. The numbers produced may
not be actual maker's numbers but they can be translated by references to
lists. If you find a 'new' roller, traction engine or portable, please feel free to contact Derek
- this is an image not a link and you will have to retype it.
Derek can also normally identify an engine's manufacturer from a good
photograph or two - please email them to him and, of course, we'd like to
use them on this page if you agree.
If anyone can tell us where Ruston and Hornsby hid their numbers we'd
be pleased to hear!
John Fowler & Co of Leeds
1 Stand on the footplate and face the front of the machine and look down. On the top edge (horizontal surface) of the vertical front plate which is between the left hand and right hand sides of the machine on which the pressure gauge would be mounted, there may be a stamped-in number. It may be painted over and this (and any rust) will have to be removed first.
2 Still standing in the same location, look for stamped-in numbers on or in the area of the crankshaft bearing caps.
3 Look on the valve or around the area of the shut-off valve for the pressure gauge take-off pipe.
4 Still standing in the same location, bend down and look on the curve of the boiler backhead well above the firehole door and almost in the location where it becomes horizontal. Scrape away any corrosion.
5 End of crankshaft (either or both ends).
6 At front of machine, climb to look at front of cylinder. Scrape away rust on both horizontal and vertical surfaces.
Aveling & Porter of Rochester
1 Stand about half way down the machine on the flywheel (left hand) side. Look at the firebox (not the boiler barrel) and look for the horizontal double row of rivets meeting with a vertical double row of rivets towards the front and just in front of the edge of the flywheel. Somewhere in that area, just below the horizontal line of rivets there should be a four digit number. Also a shape such as a fishbone, diamond, star, square or cross – which is the riveters mark. The number (Boiler Test Number – BTN) in this location is NOT the Royalty Number (Works number) of the machine but must be ‘translated’ using information in a UK Archive Office to give the Royalty Number. There is no direct correlation between the two numbers.
2 The BTN can generally also be found on the opposite side of the boiler in the same place.
3 Sometimes, components such as gears, covers, striking forks, ends of rods, etc, also have the BTN number stamped on and it is usually on the reverse of the brass Royalty plate.
4 Early steam rollers (pre-1890) sometimes have the BTN cast into the top of the blast pipe.
5 Later steam rollers (after 1921) sometimes have a number stamped into the edge of the scraper casting supports. This number has been found to be the last three digits of the Royalty number.
6 On some post-1921 rollers, an EO Number has been found stamped in place of the BTN. This also must be ‘translated’ using information in a UK Archive Office to give the Royalty Number.
Aveling-Barford Ltd of Grantham
1 Stand on the footplate and bend down. Possibly easier to kneel on the footplate since these machines can be accessed between the twin bunkers at the back. Scrape away the dirt, soot, rust etc from an area on the boiler backhead above the firehole door. A series of stampings in this area provided the boiler number, date of hydraulic test, test pressure and manufacturer of boiler (which
was not the name of the steam roller maker) etc. Again, this boiler number needs ‘translating’ using Archive-based information which has to be back-traced’ to determine the roller’s Works Number.
A typical example is shown below:
Marshall, Sons & Co of Gainsborough
1 Stand on the footplate and look at the boiler backhead or the front plate.
If there is a circular plate with the firm’s name on it, then stamped on this same plate will be the five digit Works number. Ignore a ‘Patent’ plate which may have a cast-on year of 1910 – since that was the year the Patent was granted for the corrugated firebox top which was a specific feature of Marshall steam rollers.
2 Other locations where stamped-in Works numbers have been found are on the centre ring of the (single cylinder) cylinder cover at the front of the roller; on the end of the cylinder and at the rear of the chimney.
3 Also – at the rear of the machine on a rectangular plate fixed to the side of the tender on the outside of the coal space above the water space which is below. This rectangular plate has sometimes been seen to be fixed on either side of the roller.
4 The boiler backhead, where it curves from vertical to horizontal at its top is where the maker usually stamped a boiler sequential number. Again, this boiler number would need ‘translating’ using Archive-based information which has to be ‘back-traced’ to determine the roller’s Works Number.
Ruston & Hornsby of Lincoln
The boiler number is always stamped on the firebox above the firehole door but it often became erased through heat, rust, soot, etc.
The engine number � six figures - was always stamped on a plate fastened to the cylinder block - but these plates often go missing.
Identification numbers, have also been found stamped on the 'spectacle plate' above the boiler which has the con-rods running through. Other likely places where they may be found are:- end of crank, flywheel boss, flywheel key, bearings and bearing pedestals. These are all 'possible' places - but not 'definite'.