11 AM, Saturday, 26th Sept. 2009.
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Auction Location: 72 Native Plains Road, Sassafras, Tas.
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Ransomes Simms and Jeffries 8 NHP Compound Traction Engine No. 34323

Aveling and Porter 6 NHP Compound Steam Roller No. 11979

Marshall Single Cylinder "Britannia" Portable Engine No. 41561

This fine example of a rare 1923 Ransomes Sims and Jefferies 8 NHP compound traction engine originally purchased by Shory Bros & Coy, was fully restored in 1967 and remained operational until the late 1970s, when a small steam leak around one of the fire tubes in the smoke box end tube plate made further firing inadvisable. During this period of time the engine was completely functional and was operated at full recommended boiler pressure. It was, among other things, put to good use pulling down trees, hauling logs and general land clearance. The winch drum is still equipped with a 210 foot, 3/4 inch high tensile steel cable. For further information, photographs and provenance please click here.

This 1927 Aveling and Porter steam roller, pictured above, was purchased new by the Latrobe Municipal Council and spent all its working life within the shire until 1963, when it was pensioned off and placed in the Apex Park, Latrobe. It was last used on road reconstruction between Latrobe and Devonport. The roller was subsequently rescued, transferred to Sassafras in 1970 and restored by the current owner. For further information, photographs and provenance please click here.

This powerfull 1904 single cylinder Marshall stationary engine was originally purched by Yeoland & Freeman of Middleton in southern Tasmania and used to power a sawmill. It was eventuall sold but spent most of its working life powering sawmills in various parts of the state, eventually being put to use for hothouse heating by a nursery at the Don on Tasmania's North West Coast when it was purchased by the current owner in 1970 and restored. This machine is in good condition and a fine example of early rural mechanisation. For further information and photographs please click here.

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