Posts Tagged ‘ Aveling-Porter roller and scarifier ’

Historic steam roller rolls back

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

A heavyweight piece of Tamahere history is rolling back to the area.

The Aveling-Porter steam roller and scarifier bought by the Tamahere Roads Board in 1923 for an extensive road upgrading programme was, when last heard of, being restored by a Christchurch steam engine enthusiast.

Ninety-one-years later it is returning to Tamahere thanks to an interesting chain of events.

Roller back on the road

Feb 23rd, 2013 | By

A substantial piece of Tamahere history has been brought to light in a South Island workshop.

In 1923, the Tamahere Roads Board became the proud owners of an Aveling-Porter steam roller and scarifier, shipped from England and transported by rail to the Hamilton railway station.

The new machine, (the roller rolls, the scarifier breaks up the surface of a road) was demonstrated to the proud members of the roads board in front of the Lye family farm in Newstead, and was soon hard at work on Tauwhare Rd.