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Steam engine or traction engine (I know someone will put me right very quickly!). Maurice gave me steam traction engine, which I am happy to go with! And yet, steamroller is the correct term (thank you José Manuel!)

Steam engine or traction engine (I know someone will put me right very quickly!). Maurice gave me steam traction engine, which I am happy to go with! And yet, steamroller is the correct term (thank yo
In the Nuevos Ministerios gardens, Paseo de La Castellana, Madrid (open to the public but, as usual, no-one there!)

Biobauer, Jörg, Ernest CH, Berny and 32 other people have particularly liked this photo


50 comments - The latest ones
 HappySnapper
HappySnapper club
I can't put you right Andy but I did look it up, Traction is a Latin name meaning Draw to pull something along. eBay calls all their models for sale Steam Traction engines. I think your exhibit here is more interesting than the name and I love the colour of this machine bit better than the Traditional Red & Black.
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to HappySnapper club
Thanks, Maurice.
Yes, I'll go with Steam traction engine and will change the title accordingly!
Thanks for looking it up!
2 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Beauté et robustesse des machines d'époque ..!
Bon weekend.
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Malik Raoulda club
Thank you, Malik!
2 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
C'était du costaud ! ************
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Josiane Dirickx club
Merci, Josiane!
2 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Nostalgic one !!!
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Thank you, Jaap!
2 months ago.
 Boro
Boro club
TOP *******
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Boro club
Many thanks, Boro!
2 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
HFF. Nicole.
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Nicole Merdrignac club
Merci, Nicole!
2 months ago.
 S Drury
S Drury club
A smashing old engine indeed Andy .. certainly would not want it to run over your foot

Best wishes and stay safe

Steve
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to S Drury club
Many thanks, Steve,
There was a rusted plaque with some info but all I could read was a year, 1985, which I presume was the year it was restorednd moved here.
Best wishes,
Andy
2 months ago.
 Jean
Jean club
Reminds me of workmen tarring the road although that's probably not what they were using. Used to love the smell.
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jean club
It is still seen and the vehicles havn't changed all that much since my childhood, although I doubt they still use steam!
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
 John Lawrence
John Lawrence club
Thank you for posting your wonderful image to
Interesting History
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to John Lawrence club
Thank you, John!
2 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Buena foto, será una apisonadora antigua para aplastar y alisar el asfaltado de carreteras. Por ahí anduve hace bastantes años y posterior.
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to José Manuel Polo club
The translation has 'steamroller' which is the term I had on the tip of my tongue all day. Strange, because it is the only word I used when I was a child and when these were seen almost every day.
Thank you, José Manuel.
2 months ago.
 Eric Desjours
Eric Desjours club
A lovely piece of history, this "steamroller" gives ideas and seems very operational - except in this particular place!
Nice shot, Andy!
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Eric Desjours club
Thank you, Eric.
There are a few pieces of past machinery dotted around this park. I will try and take some more!
2 months ago.
 Frans Schols
Frans Schols club
Schitterende opname,van deze stoomwals,Andy.
Gooi er wat steenkool in en je kunt er mee weg rijden.......
Frans.
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Frans Schols club
Ha Ha, Frans! But escape to where, exactly???
2 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Marvelous shot! Stay well!

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2 months ago.
 ©UdoSm
©UdoSm club
What an ancient steam roller... An interesting find...
2 months ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
superbe machine !!!
2 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
William,
Udo,
Daniele,
Very many thanks!
2 months ago.
 StoneRoad2013
StoneRoad2013 club
Lovely capture, looks a bit like an Aveling & Porter steam roller to me.
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to StoneRoad2013 club
I wondered if you might add your wisdom here, Stoneroad!!I
Many thanks!
I think it is more likely to be Spanish or, at a pinch French, made but I could easily be wrong!. I tried to read the name-plate and also the metal inscription nearby but both had rusted up and were illegible, at least to me. Sorry.
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
A wonderful piece of kit that looks to be well preserved and for what it's worth I would also call it a steam roller, It's a terrific exhibit and an excellent capture Andy.
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Roger (Grisly) club
Yes, quite a few alternatives!
Thank you, Roger!
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
 Jean-louis Thiaudiere
Jean-louis Thiaudier… club
Belle prise!
2 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Merci, Jean-louis!
2 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A fascinating and beautifully preserved bit of kit...............and very photogenic!
2 months ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
Nice find!
2 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Ein beeindruckendes Zeugnis technischer Entwicklung, Andy !
2 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
We don't see many of those nowadays Andy! Nice to see it on show, even if no one is looking!
Hope you have had a good weekend and wish you a good new week.
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Thank you, Rosa.
I remember being caught behind a procession of these leaving a county showground in either Blandford Forum or Wimborne Minster (I forget which one it was near! You will know, I'm sure!) as I took the scenic route (bad mistake) to see some clients in Parkstone.
In the days before mobile phones I had no way of contacting my clients until I could use a payphone at the next village and when I got to one two hours later there was no answer.
In Parkstone, I plied the knocker in vain. So I returned to London. I stopped off at a service station and called them again. This time they answered. They weren't happy but were reasonable people so they understood and we arranged another appointment.
A waste of time and petrol but a lovely drive... until then!
2 months ago. Edited 2 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
~~~Great comments! Thank you all~~~
2 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh wow - that is an old engine. I remember an old boss of mine in London, used to travel down to Cornwall to drive his old steamroller. Boy did it make a noise going along the roads. There used to be fairs showing off the old steam engines. Fabulous to see them.
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Jenny McIntyre club
They still exist and are popular! Please see my reply to Rosa above, Jenny!
(Well they certainly were, much to my chagrin, in about 1994.)
2 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
I'll go with steam roller, it looks as though it needed some TLC from Fred Dibnah !!
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Peter Castell club
Indeed! May he rest in peace!
2 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
A beautiful "old-timer"!
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to * ઇઉ * club
Gracias!
2 months ago.
 Gilbert H
Gilbert H club
Belle machine vapeur !
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Gilbert H club
Merci1
2 months ago.
 Peter_Private_Box
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Andy

A very nice picture, and a very interesting piece of machinery.
I do agree with Stoneroad, it does look like an Aveling and Porter, but I am not an expert. I also note it is right hand drive, so maybe not French or Spanish..
The emblem on the front will tell you, if it is still there!!
I certainly remember the days when a steamroller like this would be used to lay tarmac on the road!

Best Wishes, and stay safe!!
Peter
2 months ago.
Andy Rodker club has replied to Peter_Private_Box club
I remember those days well too, Peter.
I tried to make something of the information board but sadly it had been constructed in iron and it had more or less completely rusted away!
Best wishes, Andy
2 months ago.

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