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Nelly the Tipton Roller Returns

Photo of donated steam roller

23 January 2015

A 1911 steamroller which once levelled roads in Tipton is returning home to the region after 104 years.

The steamroller, now nicknamed ‘Nelly’, was originally purchased by Tipton Council following a loan from a merchant bank in London of £438 (nearly £50,000 in today’s money). Weighing 6 tonnes and powered by coal, the steamroller gets approximately 7 miles per tank of water and travels speeds of up to 4 miles an hour. Mrs Carol Colvin, who now owns the steamroller, has arranged it to be exhibited at BCLM on loan in her late husband's memory.

“It was his pride and joy”, Mrs Colvin comments. “My husband always had a passion for steam, and when he saw it he fell in love and we spent many hours talking it over. We couldn’t come to a decision, so in the end we flipped a coin and that was it! He would be very pleased that it’s now going to be exhibited at Black Country Living Museum and back near its home of Tipton.”

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