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Type of Equipment:
Buffalo Springfield Roller Company
Des Moines, IA
This seven ton steam roller was built by the Buffalo Springfield Roller Company in 1924. It was built to be coal fired with the large, flat coal “bunker” over the front roller. The roller is powered by a two cylinder steam engine and is equipped with an auxiliary steam motor for “power steering.” These rollers left the factory as works of art, witness the gold leaf pin striping and fine filigree on the cast yoke of the back roller, and the proud name on the coal bunker.
The roller, Construction Number 12442, spent most of its working life in Des Moines, Iowa. Except for a few boiler tubes and a new piston for the steam engine, the roller is presented as it was found in Iowa. It is owned by Chris Baldo of Willits Redwood