Steve from Blue Watch asked earlier in the year for the Only W Allchin Steam Roller of 1899 to be part of the Fire Station's 80th Anniversary and help raise money for their charity.
Of course we said yes, we were made so welcome the year before, just as long as a low loader was supplied to move the roller from the railway to the fire station.
Saturday morning Paul Cutting and his son Elliot arrived in a red truck unit (Herbie’s Haulage Ltd) and low loader trailer to transport the roller. It was a beautiful sunny day and the team worked well.
We were soon at the station, blocking the road to unload both the roller and its matching water cart. Watch the videos of the Roller at the Fire Station Unloading Part 1 & Part 2 - Loading Part 1 & Part 2.
There was plenty to see and loads of people, looking round the exhibits, a fun time enjoyed by all in the sunshine with a nice breeze. The children also enjoyed the roller, having their pictures taken and pulling the whistle.
Paul had a ride in an American fire truck to pick up his truck and low loader so he was happy as well, before it was time for the trip back, which we started at 6pm.
The Northampton Steam Roller was put to bed for the evening at 7.30pm, ready for it to be cleaned out and wiped over on Sunday.