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An Old Roller of Quetta Municipality

Posted on April 6, 2009
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Photo of the Day
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The photo below shows a road roller which has seen its better days in Quetta. It is now preserved as a monument by Quetta municipality. Noting a boiler I can safely say that it was steam powered. Also notice a huge fly-wheel on the frame. Another ovbvious thing is how our ‘awam’ has put advertisement fliers on the roller’s drum wheels. Somebody has torn them but the thin layer of paper remains. What other details do you see here?

Photo Credits: Mohammad Ali Musa

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  1. Derek Rayner says:
    November 3rd, 2009 6:16 pm

    This steam roller was made by Marshall’s of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England. I have seen one of the same make in an industrial museum in Calcutta. Somewhere on the rear of the roller, near where the driver would have got on, there may be a small rectangular plate with a five-digit number on it. If this number is available, I will be able to say how old it is. Can someone look for it, please?
    The machine is steered by turning the steering wheel on the footplate via a worm and wheel plus the chains which are visible. It is not hydraulically operated. It burned coal or wood in its fire to make the steam which was used in the compound engine on top of the boiler. A very interesting discovery. Thank you for posting it.
    Are there any more in the country, please?
    Derek Rayner – Vice Chairman and Steam Archivist of the UK-based Road Roller Association (More information from http://www.r-r-a.org.uk)

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