Cheffins to Auction Fowler Steam Roller 15965

This Saturday, 27 February 2010, sees the first auction of the year where Cheffins will sell Fowler T3 Roller 15965 at an auction near Bristol. The engine has been owned since the mid 1970’s by Tarmac Roadstone who acquired it following the acquisition of another company. They have now decided to sell the engine, a guide price of £40,000 to £50,000 has been given by the auctioneers.

I am hoping to go along to the auction and will report back if it sells and post some pictures.

Picture of the Engine and Brief History


“15965 was supplied new to Antrim County Council in April 1923, original records indicate that a tar sprayer was also supplied at the same time. It is understood that the engine was worked up until 1957 when it was laid up. It was not until 1965 that it was acquired by Jim & Trevor Wasson of Carnmoney, Co. Antrim. The engine was subject to an extensive restoration and rallied by them for several years. It is believed that the engine was named ‘Irish Lady’ by the Wassons. By 1972 and following the death of Jim Wasson the engine was sold to The Limmer & Tinidad Lake Asphalt Co for promotional purposes. Shortly afterwards the company was purchased by Tarmac Roadstone, after which it continued to be used at rallies and other events for promotional purposes.”

Further details of the sale including timings and location can be found on Cheffins Web Site.

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  1. [...] I visited the Cheffins auction at Easter Compton today. This was a altogether smaller affair than the big auctions at Cheffins Cambridge site which most are more familiar attending. One engine was offered, Fowler T3 Road Roller 15965 “Irish Lady”. This engine has been owned by the Tarmac organisation for a good number of years, see my previous post. [...]

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