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October  2021)

Africa

Angola
(4th Dec 13)

Congo (DR)
(1st Oct 16)

Ghana
(7th Nov 13)

Ivory Coast
(13th Oct 16)

Kenya
(4th Oct 17)

Madagascar
(8th Apr 12)

Mali
(10th Jun 16)

Morocco
(29th Dec 20)

Namibia
(29th Jan 13)

Nigeria
(1st Apr 14)

Réunion
(23rd Feb 12)

São Tomé
(8th Apr 12)

South Africa
(18th Jun 17)

Zimbabwe
(30th Jun 21)

 

Americas

Argentina
(9th Jan 19)

Belize
(16th Oct 18)

Brazil
(28th Dec 20)

Canada
(13th Jul 15)

Chile
(19th Dec 20)

Colombia
(12th Dec 18)

Cuba
(4th Mar 12)

Dominica
(23rd Oct 13)

Guadeloupe
(23rd Oct 13)

Guatemala
(4th Oct 17)

Guyana
(19th Nov 14)

Mexico
(8th Oct 18)

Paraguay
(11th Oct 18)

Peru
(13th Oct 20)

Turks and Caicos
(24th Sep 13)

Uruguay
(19th Dec 20)

USA
(23rd Jul 21)

   

Asia

India
(17th Apr 20)

Indonesia
(7th Jan 21)
Israel
(13th Mar 15)

Laos
(1st Jan 21)

Malaysia
(5th Jul 21)

Myanmar
(10th Nov 18)

Nepal
(13th Nov 14)

Pakistan
(2nd Sep 21)

Sri Lanka
(29th Dec 16)

Thailand
(2nd Jan 19)

Turkey
(11th Jan 21)

Australasia

Australia
(14th Mar 21)
New Zealand
(11th Apr 21)

Fiji
(16th Oct 12)

Europe

Azores
(10th Mar 12)

Balkans
(10th Mar 12)

Bulgaria
(21st Jul 16)

Cyprus
(30th Dec 19)

Czech Republic
(18th Nov 14)

Germany
(30th Sep 13)

Greece
(10th Oct 17)

Iceland
(10th Mar 12)

Latvia
(11th Oct 18)

Lithuania
(10th Oct 18)

Madeira
(10th Oct 17)

Netherlands
(5th Nov 18)

Poland
(16th Oct 18)

Romania
(25th Feb 17)

Russia
(5th Jun 19)

Spain
(19th May 18)

Switzerland
(14th Sep 15)

United Kingdom
(15th Oct 21)

 

Click here for the International Stationary Steam Index


If you want to 'waste' hours looking at pictures of road steam all over the world, then try this link (you have been warned!): https://www.pinterest.co.uk/danielsandars/ (added 4th October 2017).

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 July 2012).


Asia

India

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 17th April 2020).

Indonesia

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 prepared an initial list with illustrations which has now extended to other islands and other kinds of road engines (latest addition 7th January 2021). Further additions will be very welcome, I am sure it is incomplete.

Israel

T. Schorder reports that Kibbutz Ein Shemer near Hadera has a portable engine kept in working order. Little is known about it or its history and despite an Italian 'water level' plate it appears to be British in origin, various people consulted suggested one of the Lincoln builders. It may be that there are some stampings somewhere which might help with a more positive identification.

Laos

There is apparently an extant steam roller 'somewhere in Laos'. Back in 2012, I found some information on the site http://rideasia.net but the site was revamped and the links which I had failed. I have now (1st January 2021) tracked down the new location - https://www.rideasia.net/motorcycle-forum/threads/searching-for-old-tractor.648/ - and saved a copy of the two pictures to my archive. As I refuse to use Facebook, I can't register for the forum and try for permission to reproduce them here. However, Derek Rayner tells me that he is sure it is an Albaret of an earlier generation than those found in quantity in Thailand. The two pictures are here and here.

For the record, there were pictures here http://rideasia.net/forum/post3844.html#p3844 (2nd May 2012, but the link is now dead). There were (1st November 2013) pictures here http://www.rideasia.net/motorcycle-forum/classifieds/648-searching-old-tractor.html (link broken by 25th October 2016), beware the site appears very slow.

Malaysia

As the number of known surviving engines has increased, as I have done for other countries, I now have a dedicated page for surviving Malaysian road engines. The latest additions are Garrett portables at Seremban and Carey Island in Selangor (5th July 2021).

Myanmar (Burma)

Chris Cairns has sent me pictures of an active Aveling and Porter steam roller near Lashio, Shan State, 11th December 2009.
There is an Aveling Barford steam roller in People's Park in Yangon, the picture is by Peter Green (22nd February 2018), see also http://www.flickr.com/photos/12906273@N05/6144544755/ (1st May 2012). Derek Rayner tells me that John Knapton has supplied the boiler number which identies it as AG 833 which will date from the later 1940s (18th November 2018).
This Fowler roller (late 1920s/1930s was photographed in a park in Magwe by David Brimblecombe (added 2nd January 2013) 

Nepal

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).

Pakistan

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).

Sri Lanka

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)..

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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).

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This Marshall portable (41427/1904) was found and photographed by John Knapton on a tyre company's forecourt in Kandy (7th March 2014)

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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 December 2016).

Thailand

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. Some time back I prepared a list (updated with a new entry, 2nd January 2019) and later I added:  "Additions are always very welcome, despite almost doubling in size since inception, I am sure it is still woefully incomplete." I was right, there have been more than 10 discoveries since the beginning of 2018 alone.

Turkey

Click for full size image. An Aveling and Porter roller (4252/1898) is preserved at Ali Bey Tennis Resort on the shores of the Mediterranean - outside the town of Manavgat – approximately midway between Antalya and Alanya (11th January 2021).. 
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.

Africa

Angola

Two Fowler ploughing engines survive in the small town of Catumbela between Benguela and Lobito (3rd April 2012). There are ploughing engines shown here - http://s208.photobucket.com/user/jamie_grieve/media/interesting%20iron/P1140065Medium.jpg.html?sort=3&o=219 (4th December 2013) I am not sure whether these are the same engines but I believe so, these pictures being taken earlier.

Congo (DR)

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). 

Ghana

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 November 2013).

Ivory Coast

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).

Kenya

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).

There is a steam tractor preserved at the Marula Estate between Naivasha and GilGil in Kenya's Rift Valley - see http://ke.geoview.info/marula_farm_tractor,79831059p (4th October 2017).

There is a derelict steam road engine at the Swara Plains Acacia Camp, Athi River - see  https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g294207-d1751918-i93813981-Swara_Plains_Acacia_Camp-Nairobi.html#93813930, alternatively the actual picture courtesy of Tripadvisor (4th October 2017).

Madagascar

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).

Malawi

There is an unidentified traction engine at the Chichiri Museum, Blantyre. This wikimedia picture picture is by Wandumi (4th October 2017).   

Mali

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).

Morocco

There is a pair of rare Green Steam Rollers at Chefchaouen Morocco see for example (completed with picture 29th December 2020) -
https://www.dreamstime.com/chefchaouen-morocco-october-old-steamroller-chefchaouen-morocco-october-old-steamroller-sunset-image153053329.
This picture is by Phil Jervis, the other one is behind, they are 2084 and 2086 of 1923.

Namibia

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.

Nigeria

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.

Réunion

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.

São Tomé

There is a semi-preserved Ruston Proctor portable engine in Santo António on Principe - http://www.flickr.com/photos/24544467@N02/2328206397/in/faves-escortmad79/ (8th April 2012). Another (Robey) portable is at Roça Milagrosa (south of Trinidade, km 7) - see Thomas Kautzor's report.

South Africa (updated 18th June 2017)

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, this is their Sentinel waggon (courtesy of Trevor Heath) in early 2017 (added 18th June 2017)

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 

Zambia (4th October 2017)

There is a fairly complete traction engine at the estate of Shiwa Ngandu, the English manor house (the "Africa House") built by Stewart Gore-Brown in the now Zambia during the 1920s - https://www.flickr.com/photos/30865846@N02/5363870435/ (4th October 2017).

Zimbabwe (30th June 2021)

There is a Ruston and Hornsby portable engine at the Kadoma Steam Centre in Mashonaland West, https://zimfieldguide.com/mashonaland-west/kadoma-formerly-gatooma-steam-centre (30th June 2021). The centre is just a fenced off field whose main exhibits are a couple of former Rhodesia Railway Garratts.

There are three more portables at Halfway House between Harare and Mutare, one each of Marshall (24503/ca 1905), Robey (32438/ca 1914) and Ruston Proctor, see https://zimfieldguide.com/manicaland/halfway-house-agricultural-machinery (30th June 2021).


Australasia

Australia (updated 14th March 2021)

For an enthralling collection of photographs, garnered from the web see this Pinterest page (log in may be necessary, 1st July 2018).

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/. (link broken by July 2020) I have now uploaded some pictures of the 2013 event (the 50th) from Ray Gardiner (4th December 2013).

Wilson Lythgoe attended Sheffield Steamfest 2021 and has sent me a report as a PDF (12Mb, 14th March 2021)

As for active societies, in Victoria there are two more steam groups which hold regular events and publish magazines which are available as downloads (8th July 2020):

http://www.melbournesteam.com.au/backissues.html

https://www.lakegoldsmithsteamrally.org.au/magazine.html 

There is a list of surviving Davey Paxman portable engines in Australia here - http://www.paxmanhistory.org.uk/portsaus.htm.

Kevin Hoggett photographed a number of preserved road steam engines in 2017 (19th April 2017)

Fiji

There is an incomplete Marshall steam roller outside the Library in Lautoka, http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunshinesimis/5750520548/in/photostream/, http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/Lautokasteamroller.jpg and http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/aostling/Fijosteamroller.jpg (added 16th October 2012).

New Zealand (updated 11th April 2021)

For an enthralling collection of photographs, garnered from the web see this Pinterest page (log in may be necessary, 1st July 2018).

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...

With the able assistance of Phil Barnes, I have started to compile my own survey of New Zealand road engines (another engine 11th April 2021). I would welcome further contributions, especially from local residents as there is relatively little information for visitors on the web.


Americas

This page credited to Daniel Sandars contain a large number of links to pictures of road steam engines in the Americas, some historic and some contemporary - https://www.pinterest.co.uk/danielsandars/latin-america-carribean-hawaii-road-steam-esp-plou/ which I am working through to highlight survivors (added 4th October 2017).

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 link dead by July 2020. 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.

I have to make an exception for an engine close to my heart, Fowler steam ploughing engine 11232 at Kaua'i - Lihu'e museum, Hawaii - see https://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/4681004146/ and https://fineartamerica.com/featured/antique-compound-steam-plough-mary-deal.html (4th October 2017) 

A second exception has to be made for 'log haulers' extraordinary machines of which a few survive. The Phoenix built example at Wabeno http://friendsofwabeno.org/historical_attractions.html used to be run for their annual steam up but I cannot find a recent reference to the event (23rd July 2021). See also, this page on this site for an example in Finland.

Argentina (updated 9th January 2019)

There are two steam ploughing engines at the Arizu Winery (Bodegas) at Villa Atuel, Mendoza, Argentina. Informed opinin is that they are Kemna products, see these Spanish language pages for pictures - http://cortazarensanrafael.blogspot.com/2015/06/casa-de-pascual-y-gargiulo-en-villa.html and https://losandes.com.ar/article/view?slug=los-locomoviles-de-arizu-en-villa-atuel-y-de-argumedo-en-san-juan (9th January 2019). A similar engine is shown at the Polish National Museum of Agriculture and Agro-Food Industry

The Instituto de la Patagonia in Punta Arenas has two preserved steam road engines, a rare Mann steam wagon and a less rare Aveling and Porter steam roller, http://www.railwaysofthefarsouth.co.uk/08aoverview.html

Zoo Lujan some 60 km west of Buenos Aires (https://www.zoolujan.com link dead July 2020) is home to a large transport museum including steam road engines, some of which are clearly runners. From pictures on the web, they seem to include a Clayton and Shuttleworth traction engine (1903), a Ransomes Sims and Jefferies traction engine and portable engine (25216/191x), a traction engine (25782/1906) and two portable engines (one is 31320/ca 1906) from Ruston Proctor, finally a Sentinel S6 steam waggon and an American Case traction engine. More details would be appreciated the related site http://www.tractoreszoolujan.com.ar/ - link dead by July 2020 - has pictures, there are many more elsewhere on the web (4th October 2017).

One of the very late Super Sentinel wagons is now undergoing restoration to running order in Buenos Aires  The photographs are by Mr. Gabriel Asenjo, owner and CEO of G&G Metalmecánica who are doing the work. Thanks to Shaun McMahon for this one (5th April 2015). See his December 2015 update for a further even more encouraging picture (13th February 2016).

The Museo De La Máquina Agrícola - http://www.esperanza.tur.ar/sitio/index.php/informacion-util/que-hacer/11 -museos-y-casas-de-arte/11-museo-de-la-maquina-agricola (link broken 5th April 2019) -at Esperanza, Santa Fe (500km north west of Buenos Aires) has an open air section with a (British) traction engine and a semi-portable engine  (4th October 2017).

The Museo Minero "Perito Eduardo Alejandro Paez Vallejos", Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Departamento Asistencia Técnica, Córdoba (yes, that's the Mining Museum of the National Atomic Energy Commission) has a near derelict Ruston Proctor traction engine on display - http://www2.cnea.gov.ar/biblio/cba/templates/museo/museo.html (link dead by 12th April 2018, 4th October 2017).

The exhibits at Museo de Tractores, Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba include a Case traction engine (said to be ca 1888), see this Tripadvisor report, the actual picture is here, courtesy of Tripadviser (4th October 2017).

A Garrett tractor (28068/1910) at Luis Beltran, Rio Negro, https://www.flickr.com/photos/maxtdf/5980110720/, (4th October 2017).

This page shows a restored operational 1924 Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies traction engine at Avellaneda, Santa Fe - http://www.ellitoral.com/index.php/diarios/2009/10/04/regionales/REGI-01.html, see also these YouTube videos, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K7wHQbaonA, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Byj_NvN3FKo and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUStkirwL4Y   (4th October 2017).

A Case tractor (said to be from the 1870s) is preserved on a traffic island on the west side of Rio Cuarto, Cordoba where route A 005 (by pass) makes a junction with route 30 to Achiras (-33.110050, -64.379681, image from Google Streetview, 12th October 2018).

Belize (updated 16th October 2018)

A rather fuzzy picture on this site http://www.getjealous.com/blog.php?action=showdiaryentry&diary_id=456805&go=halberstadt from 2008 shows a preserved traction engine in the museum at Old Belize, said to have been used to haul Mahogany logs to the river . Thomas Kautzor visited in early 2016 and reports that it is a Fowler (all this 4th October 2017).

Also 'preserved' in the country is an unidentified portable steam engine (not a train engine of course as described) at the remote Hill Bank Reserve. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/6339643112, thanks again for John Taubeneck for this one (16th October 2018).

Brazil (updated 19th December 2020)

There is a preserved steam roller at São Lourenço - MG (19th December 2020):
http://saolourencomg.blogspot.com/2008/10/trator-rolo-compressor-da-praa-so.html

BMAG steam rollers are rare birds. One (9584/1929) survives preserved at "Praça João Pessoa, Rio Negro", see http://www.guiariomafra.com.br/o-vapor-e-o-rolo-compressor-a-curiosa-maquina-da-praca-joao-pessoa (4th October 2017). Two further relevant links are:(19th December 2020):
http://www.guiariomafra.com.br/rolo-compressor-maria-fumaca 
https://www.clickriomafra.com.br/noticias/rio-negro/apos-passar-por-restauracao-maria-fumaca-da-praca-joao-pessoa-em-rio-negro-e-inaugurada/ 

See this link for a discussion about the conservation of a second one at University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
http://site.mast.br/hotsite_anais_ivspct_2/pdf_01/12%20%2032_artigo_completo_revisado.pdf (19th December 2020).

Emile Badaway has told me about an Aveling and Porter C type single cylinder piston valve roller, in the 'city square' in Minas do Camaquã, Rio Grande do Sul (19th December 2020). There is some information here http://www.farrapo.com.br/noticias/2/23409/A-maquina-a-vapor-que-foi-utilizada-nas-Minas-do-Camaqua.html and a pictures here http://www.farrapo.com.br/portal/noticias/fotos/resize_1566300980.jpg and http://gmga.com.br/09-minas-do-camaqua-e-o-fechamento-de-mina-camaqua-mines-and-mine-closure/ . The roller is actually outside Cine Rodeio which is shown on Google Maps although the square id not named. This is a remote area and 'city' perhaps is not the best description.

In addition to the Marshall steam roller in Bebeduoro (below), there is another outside Sarandi in Parana state, see http://pr.steampunk.com.br/o-que-e-steampunk/maquinas-steamer-%E2%80%93-como-surgiram/, a larger picture is available- https://i.pinimg.com/564x/00/bf/b7/00bfb7f421fa00f22960fa896744145f.jpg. (4th October 2017).

Torsten Schneider found this Marshall steam roller preserved in a museum in Bebeduoro, Sao Paulo. A notice attached suggested it was made in 1884, but the company only made its first roller in 1894 and this one is probably from the 20th century (3rd October 2017). The museum also hosts an old Marshall traction engine (12146/1884), see http://tratoresantigos.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/o-trator-mais-antigo-do-brasil.html

A British 1932 built steam roller survives preserved in Minas Gerais, http://www.fotolog.com/alfredoandradejr/277000000000027817/, actual picture - http://sp3.fotolog.com/photo/35/17/100/alfredoandradejr/13735564327134_f.jpg. What I think is the same roller is shown on this site - http://eduardotoda.blogspot.co.uk/2012_06_01_archive.html - the picture is http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6Fisjgddoq0/T-5U8P9RRBI/AAAAAAAAAH0/inOaZXeomtM/s1600/DSC00798.JPG, the previous pictures and caption suggest this is at Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais. (4th October 2017)

A derelict steam roller at Parque da Lajinha, Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais is shown here - https://autosorfaos.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/rolo-compressor-2/, it seems that it and another here vanished into thin air! See http://tribunademinas.com.br/blogs/dudu-mazzei/16-07-2017/cade-os-compactadores-vapor-do-parque-da-lajinha-alguem-sabe-alguem-viu.html. (4th October 2017 - link dead by July 2020.). See also what looks to me to be converted steam roller at the same location https://autosorfaos.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/rolo-compressor-2/, Derek Rayner says it is a BMAG / Schwartzkopff (28th December 2020).

A preserved steam roller, Derek Rayner tells me it is a  Fowler, is shown on this site - http://eduardotoda.blogspot.co.uk/2012_06_01_archive.html - the picture is http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6Fisjgddoq0/T-5U8P9RRBI/AAAAAAAAAH0/inOaZXeomtM/s1600/DSC00798.JPG, the previous pictures and caption suggest this is at Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais (4th October 2017). 

This page shows a steam roller preserved in Casa Branca in Sao Paulo State  http://amantesdaferrovia.com.br/photo/trator-a-vapor?context=user (4th October 2017, link broken 5th April 2019).

This YouTube video shows a Henschel steam roller in Parque Cemucam - Centro Municipal de Campismo. Cotia, Sao Paulo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AEDWxRn7k8 (4th October 2017).

There is a Marshall steam roller preserved in the Praça da Independência, Corumba near the border with Bolivia see http://www.pantanalescapes.com/locations/corumba.html (4th October 2017).

There is a preserved steam roller at Peabiru in Paraná State, Derek Rayner tells me it is a Marshall, see http://www.bocasanta.com.br/_GW/upload/imgs/_modulos/materias/15527.jpg (4th October 2017). See also (19th December 2020):
https://www.tribunadointerior.com.br/noticia/prefeitura-renova-canteiro-e-pintura-da-maria-fumaca 
https://www.facebook.com/arquivomariadagloria/photos/pb.362584207413973.-2207520000../1238534113152307/?type=3&theater.

There are at least two preserved steam rollers at Museu Rodoviário, Tres Rios, Rio de Janeiro State, see a thumbnail here http://www.estacoesdeitaipava.com.br/anteriores/12um/memoria12um.htm although Google states 'permanently closed'. This picture shows thre rollers, the one on the right is a Maffei (added 28th December 2020). Previous now 'lost' pictures, were at http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/53867021.jpg (link broken 1st November 2019) and http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/1704589.jpg (link broken 1st November 2019). Pictures at http://picssr.com/photos/cleberudy/interesting/page123?nsid=9195916@N06 (link broken 5th April 2019) show three more! (4th October 2017).

Chile (updated 19th December 2020)

While most preserved road steam engines here are portables, there is a roller preserved outside Hospital Dr. Antonio Tirado Lanas, Eseralds, Ovalle (19th December 2020). (https://www.google.com/maps/search/Esmeralda,+Ovalle,+Chile/@-30.6000129,-71.1984297,17z) The image is a screenshot from Google Streetview.

Emile Badaway has told me of an Aveling & Porter E type single cylinder piston valve Roller, circa 1920s, preserved in Avenida Vicuña Mackenna, Los Angeles, Santiago, Chile (19th December 2020). You can find out more about it here https://www.latribuna.cl/comunas/2018/11/23/la-bicicleta-del-alcalde-traida-desde-inglaterra-a-formar-las-vias-angelinas.html but if you just want a picture then it's here https://images.latribuna.cl/2018/12/23-11-2018_21-38-021__15.1.jpg 

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. Perhaps the greatest collection is to be found in the town of Carahue with its outdoor 'museum'. This link claims 32 'locomotives' (see also the Wikimedia picture below) and there are certainly steam locomotives (on rails) here too (30th June 2017). If anyone visits, or has visited, I would welcome a set of pictures to put on the site together with such identification as is possible although I am sure there are experts in the UK who could help with this.

  Carahue

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), see pictures here also - http://www.railwaysofthefarsouth.co.uk/08aoverview.html (added 4th October 2017).

John Taubeneck (9th October 2018) pointed me at this local article on the subject of portables, an automatic translation makes perfect sense. It includes details of several locations in the country with preserved portables: (All these links to 'urbatorium' broken 1st November 2019)

Municipality of Talagante - https://www.flickr.com/photos/urbatorium/43322389445 (Marshall) and https://www.flickr.com/photos/urbatorium/29292717747 (Marshall, xx821)

National Museum In Santiago - https://www.flickr.com/photos/urbatorium/29292717467 (Marshall)

Quilicura Car Museum - https://www.flickr.com/photos/urbatorium/42420360390 

The entrance of Condominio Los Ciruelos, in Avenida Manuel Castillo, de Peñaflor - https://www.flickr.com/photos/urbatorium/42420358480 (Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies, 12528)

Two in Aquatic Park El Idilio de Peñaflor, Caupolicán Avenue - https://www.flickr.com/photos/urbatorium/29292716077 (Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies) and https://www.flickr.com/photos/urbatorium/42420357430 (Ruston Proctor).

They seem to be a 'must have accessory' for the moneyed class. Others which turn up using a web search include:

The wine museum at Estancia - https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/steam-engine-used-in-winemaking-in-the-1900s-on-display-at-the-wine-picture-id596167592 link broken by July 2020

Park in San Martin de los Andes - https://ourturn.me/2012/03/ link broken 5th April 2019

Los Angeles - https://www.tigercat.com/between-the-branches/btb-34-eucalyptus-specialist/ 

Museo de Colchagua in Santa Cruz - https://www.radiomuseum.org/museum/rch/museo-de-colchagua-santa-cruz/ and http://www.museocolchagua.cl/maquinaria-agricola.html - at least three portable (one is Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies 21590, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Locom%C3%B3vil_Ransomes,_maquinaria_agr%C3%ADcola,_en_el_Museo_de_Colchagua,_Santa_Cruz,_Chile.jpg) and an American traction engine - http://www.registromuseoschile.cl/663/articles-50631_imagen_03.jpghttp://www.registromuseoschile.cl/663/articles-50631_imagen_04.jpg and https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Museo_de_Colchagua,_Santa_Cruz,_Chile_-_panoramio_(8).jpg.

Colombia

Neil Edwards reports - 11th December 2011 - "A Kelly-Springfield (US Manufacturer) steam roller is preserved in the centre of a very busy, roundabout in the north of Bogota." Actually it's a Buffalo-Springfield No 13414 (plate), another twin cylinder (not a compound) as reported by Allan C.Baker.

 

Allan C Baker has now spotted a second US built roller in a park at Tulua. He recorded "Philadelphia 1875 M108 MF.G. Two-cylinder (not a compound) with scarifier. On the other side there was a brass plate No 11, presumably a fleet number." (5th October 2017) Juan Camilo Lozano Londoño has sent me the exact location, it's on a large traffic island on the south side of town by 'Unidad Central del Valle del Cauca" on Google Maps (4.062997, -76.198174) -  visible using Street View. (8th October 2018).
Bogota steam roller Steve Cossey advises that there is another roller in front of a building at the intersection of Calle 26 and Carrera 30 in Bogota, 4°37'33.76" N 74°04'53.13" W which also appears to be from the Kelly-Springfield or Buffalo-Springfield stable. It's visible in Google Maps from where the image is taken (26th December 2017). He also advises that there is a similar steam roller at Hacienda Napoles (Pablo Escobar's old ranch), http://wereldreiziger.net/foto/colombia/foto1011.html (link broken 5th April 2019).
Elsewhere, Thomas Kautzor tipped me off about a steam lorry at the Museo Nacional del Transporte in Cali. It turns out it is Yorkshire Patent Steam Wagon Company 1534/1925. For more information see http://obeliscoclassiccarclub.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/camion-vapor-camioncitos-camiones-coe.htmlhttp://homepage.ntlworld.com/michael.walters3/yorkshire-pages/survivors.htm (link dead 25th October 2016) and http://gente.elpais.com.co/sites/default/files/fotos/11/29/2013%20-%2001%3A17/_mg_5570.jpg (23rd June 2015). For another picture, check out this link http://www.automovilsport.com/notas/camion/1.html (4th October 2017). I now have this picture from Juan Camilo Lozano Londoño (12th December 2018)

Cuba

There is a preserved Aveling and Porter steam roller at Sugar Mill 205 Camilo Cienfuegos near gate 3 at Puerta. It is F type piston valved compound 11121/1925 weighing 12 tons. 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.

Dominica

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).

Guadeloupe

These two rollers (one steam, one internal combustion) were found by Thoma Kautzor, preserved inside the access ramps to the N1 from Route de Dubos at Petit-Bourg (Basse Terre) (23rd October 2013). Derek Rayner's immediate reaction is that the first is British and the second French.

Guatemala (added 4th October 2017)

A retired (British) traction engine is reported 'near Antigua' on this page by Galen R Frysinger which includes a picture - http://www.galenfrysinger.com/guatemala_antigua_olmec.htm (4th October 2017). The steam locomotive has previously been reported on this site which leads me conclude it is the same engine as shown below.

This traction engine is at the museum at Finca El Baul Sugar Estate, Escuintla. The text in one article I have read says it is American but I am sure it is European (= British) - http://departamentosguate.blogspot.co.uk/2013/. This wikimedia picture picture is by Simon Burchell.
Also present is a small Wolf, Magdeburg portable (7382/1900), the picture is by Thomas Kautzor. (all this, 4th October 2017).

Guyana

Thomas Kautzor has been Georgetown where a Marshall steam roller is preserved outside the City Engineers Department (19th November 2014). You can also find pictures here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arichards-gallery/6920489282/in/set-72157618444500442 and http://www.flickr.com/photos/arichards-gallery/3529957440/in/set-72157618112575784 (6th November 2013).

Mexico

John Taubeneck has 'discovered' a roller in a park at Valladolid, Yucatan, click here for another, better, picture (8th October 2018). It appears to be what I would call the 'European' Kelly-Springfield / Buffalo Springfield type (ie horizontal boiler), confirmed to be a Kelly Springfield with this photograph - https://twitter.com/sergiogrosjean/status/336461094417752064. If you search for "Monumento La Rafaelita Valladolid" you' will see it is at a road junction at the west end of the city.

Some Shutterstock images show a Clayton and Shuttleworth potable and an Avery traction engine in a park in Tequila, Jalisco State in 2008. I know no more and have failed to find other mentions on the web (28th September 2018)

Traction engine: https://www.shutterstock.com/editorial/image-editorial/mexico-2008-802286p
https://www.shutterstock.com/editorial/image-editorial/mexico-2008-802286l.

Portable:
https://www.shutterstock.com/editorial/image-editorial/mexico-2008-802286q 
https://www.shutterstock.com/editorial/image-editorial/mexico-2008-802286m 
https://www.shutterstock.com/editorial/image-editorial/mexico-2008-802286k 

Paraguay

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). A picture is available here - http://www.bienvenidoaparaguay.com/showdata.php?xmlcity=22&xmldestino=60, it looks like a Burrell copy to me (4th October 2017).

John Taubeneck reports that there is a preserved portable engine at Colonia Fram in the department of Itapúa, the image is from the defunct Panoramio site by user 'waferre': (11th October 2018) 

Peru (updated 12th October 2020)

There are several known Fowler ploughing engines surviving here. One of them (I believe in the Chiclayo area) is shown here - http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=79046600, the original image is here - http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff510/alej_or/locomotora_vapor.jpg  (4th October 2017).

An expatriate blog shows two and says there are more (added 12th October 2020):

Cuculi, Lambayeque region - http://chiclayogringo.blogspot.com/2013/09/visiting-cuculi.html - Picture 

Tablazos Lambayeque region - http://chiclayogringo.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-visit-to-tablazos.html - Picture 

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, eg http://tcmuseum.org (original direct link no longer available 25th August 2015). Thanks to Tim Pennent for this one.

Uruguay (updated 19th December 2020)

A former Panoramio picture showed an Aveling and 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. Emile Badaway tells me it has been moved to Museo Fernando García, Montevideo, Uruguay (19th December 2020). This contains mainly horse drawn carriages and the website makes no mention of the roller (https://fernandogarcia.montevideo.gub.uy/).

Emile Badaway tells me (19th December 2020) that Aveling and Porter piston valve compound roller 11986 is plinthed outside the National Directorate of Transport office, City of Artigas, Uruguay. This is located at Cnel. Lorenzo Latorre 457. 55000 Artigas, Departamento de Artigas. I believe there are pictures in a non-public Facebook page but I have found no others and it is not visible in Google Steeetview.

Emile Badaway tells me (19th December 2020) that an Aveling and Porter D type piston valve compound roller is preserved at, Parque Gran Bretaña de Rivera. There is a picture here https://www.diarionorte.com.uy/cultura/parque-gran-bretana-celebro-80-anos-con-exposicion-de-fotos-juegos-paseos-y-musica-53016.html.

Aveling and Porter 7697 side slide valve compound roller is preserved in Parque Zorrilla de San Martin, Melo (added 4th October 2017, updated 19th December 2020). 

See  - http://static.wixstatic.com/media/d9a37a_f93157b8247a08eceb4c368933ccd1b0.jpg_1024
Also https://unmateparaelmundo.wordpress.com/cerro-largo/ 
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/p/AF1QipNtMFvkSgOeoQsWRn80MTac0yTs1qkRFTED98sK=s1600-w400 
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/p/AF1QipNRKS28hQfzM5yjY3RlazvB8_DcmrG93Z9QjbuB=s1600-w400 


Europe

Azores

James Waite found a disused Marshall portable engine at a tea factory (9th October 2014) 

Balkan Countries

Neil Edwards has sent a set of pictures and notes of steam rollers and other engines in this area (10th March 2012)

Bulgaria

Thomas Kautzor reports on three very different road engines preserved in the country (23rd May 2014) To which I have added a couple of pictures of a Ruston Proctor portable from David Hill (21st July 2016). 

Cyprus

A Marshall portable - not quite complete - was photographed in Larnaka in 2007. More than that I known not (30th December 2019).

Czech Republic

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).

Germany

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).

Greece

There is an abandoned Marshall steam roller in Athens which does not appear in the current European Traction Engine Register. It can be seen by entering 38°00'27.1"N 23°46'03.5”E in Google Maps and choosing Street View, the picture is taken from that. The compilers of the register would appreciate a check for identity and a set of photographs. (10th October 2017)

Iceland

There is a preserved Aveling and Porter steam roller (7752/1912) at the Árbær Museum in Reykjavik, this is said to be the only one on the island (added 10th March 2012).

Latvia

The Agricultural Museum at Talsi has a Garrett traction engine (34520/1926) and and Marshall portable (38945/1903), the European Traction Engine Register suggests that there should be Garrett portable here too, Chris Capewell (1) and Rod Smith (2) photographs (10th October 2018).

The Road Museum at Milzkaine (www.slokenbeka.lv/en/111) has this S type Marshall steam roller (78026/1924), Chris Capewell photograph (10th October 2018).

At Jugla Museum of Ethnography, Riga is this Marshall portable, Chris Capewell photograph (10th October 2018).

The Viesita Museum, 'Selija' is mainly concerned with a former narrow gauge railway, but there is also what ETER says is a Wolf portable and a rather strange looking semi-portable boiler, Rod Smith photographs (11th October 2018).

Lithuania

There are two Marshall portable engines (the second is 22058/1893 ) outside a shopping centre in Kaunas. Under cover are a traction engine with Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies on the smokebox door and Davey Paxman on the valve cover (the European Traction Engine Register implies it is actually a 'Bitza' composite) and a Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies portable(26725/1914), Chris Capewell (1-3) and Rod Smith (4) photographs (10th October 2018).

Madeira

A Fowler steam roller (16946/1927) is preserved in Santa Catarina Park, Avenida Infante, Funchal, Madeira 9000-015. There are many pictures of it on the web including this one courtesy of  Tripadviser (10th October 2017).

Netherlands

'Stoom in Dordt' is one of world's great celebrations of steam power and we attended the 2018 event (5th June 2018).

The European Traction Engine Register includes over 20 road engines which have migrated here in preservation days. Omitted is this Marshall portable (71123/1918) in the National Railway Museum at Utrecht which made the journey in 1986 (Phil Barnes picture, 5th November 2018).

Poland

Thomas Kautzor's report of his visit to the Polish National Museum of Agriculture and Agro-Food Industry, 2012 contains pictures of several road steam engines.

Neil Edwards also visited the museum in 2013 and has sent a set of pictures (6th October 2017).

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. According 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

The visiting LCGB party stumbled on this steamroller outside the Augustov Public Works Department in the north of the country. There was no legible identification on it and it is assumed to have been built somewhere in Eastern Europe. Thanks to Chris Capewell for this one (16th October 2018). .

Romania

Thomas Kautzor visited Slobozia Veche on 21st January 2017 a town that hosts the National Agricultural Museum (Muzeul National al Agriculturii - http://muzeulagriculturii.ro/ - which he did not visit). However, there are (at least) two portables on display in town (all this added 10th February 2017, updated 25th February 2017). The first carries 'Seifried-Hugó (Budapest) of 1870' in the middle of a traffic circle in front of the Kaufland not far from the railway station. Derek Rayner now informs me that it has toothed wheels behind the rear carrying wheels which makes it a 'self moving portable'. Also, it's actually a MAVAG and that Hugó was probably its local agent, again the 1870 date is probably a little early.
A Ruston Proctor (Lincoln) of 1906 at the road junction (2A Bucuresti-Constanta & Bulvardul Matei Basarab) at the eastern end of town.

It seems the museum is stuffed with them http://muzeulagriculturii.ro/content/locomobile (quotes Marshall, HUCO, MAV, Hofherr-Schrantz) but a Google image search shows rather more see for example this link

Russia

Some time back, I added a Page of Russian Portables but within the stationary steam section... There are also a couple of preserved portables at the Technical Museum Vadima Zadorojnogo, Moscow (both of these, 18th March 2018).

A Garrett portable has turned up   Original English language story here:
https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/unique-19th-century-english-steam-engine-found-in-the-depths-of-siberian-taiga/ reproduced here:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6306255/Suffolk-steam-engine-SIBERIA-brought-Russia-19th-century-gold-rush.html
Picture - https://siberiantimes.com/upload/information_system_52/7/4/9/item_7491/information_items_7491.jpg

The 1840s date and the 'maybe unique' claim can be discounted but it's nevertheless an interesting discovery (24th October 2018).

There is a Japanese built roller abandoned on one of the Kuril islands in Sakhalin in the far east (ie Asian Russia). A piece in the April 2019 edition of Old Glory magazine quotes Favid Parfitt as identifying it as mad by Tateyama Heavy Industries. The area was occupied by the Japanese for a period until the end of WW 2 (added 5th June 2019).

Spain

Thomas Kautzor has sent these pictures of a delightful preserved portable on rails outside Cartagena's RENFE station. It carries the number 914 and 'Calla a Paris' (25th February 2017).
Phil Barns tells me that a Babcock and Wilcox steam roller is preserved on a roundabout in Portals Nous, Mallorca. It carries 95-5058. There are 5 B&W rollers surviving in the UK which were of a Clayton and Shuttleworth design built after that company was absorbed. However this one appears to be a twin cylinder Fowler. (19th May 2018)

Switzerland

Thomas Kautzor photographed this well presented Aveling and Porter steam roller (8415/1917) at Dietikon, outside the Walo Bertschinger yard (14th September 2015).

United Kingdom

When Yuehong and I need some steam therapy we head for one of the UK's many steam fairs held in the warmer (and allegedly drier) months of the year.

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 directly - 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'.


Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson

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