Iconic steam roller to be restored
AFTER 40 years on display at Allora Apex Park, the former Allora Shire Council steam roller has been removed by new owner Bob Good in order to restore it.
Mr Good is a lifelong steam enthusiast, who many years ago owned a similar but larger machine, and was eager to get the machine in great shape again.
The eight-tonne model T3B engine was manufactured by John Fowler & Co in England in 1926. It was imported by Queensland Machinery Company and sold new to Allora Shire Council.
The truck worked on shire roads from 1926 to the late 1950s when motorised road rollers replaced the steam engines and in 1963 the council placed the roller in the park as a play object for children.
After Southern Downs Regional Council approval the engine was towed from Allora last week and taken to a restoration site at the Highfields Pioneer Village Museum.
Mr Good said time had taken its toll on the old steam engine but he was up to the challenge of bringing it back to its former glory.
“The elements have caused corrosion and many parts have disappeared, but it is restorable,” Mr Good said.
“Most likely several parts were removed from the engine to make it mobile when it was moved from one park to another all those years ago.”
He would like to hear from anyone who may have parts from the engine or photographs of it either when it was working or in its first park location on Dalrymple Creek.
“Having original parts and photographs of the roller would greatly assist its restoration,” he said.
People wishing to contact Mr Good can do so via the Warwick Daily News on 4660 1315.