Back when things were done right.
I see a new race division for the Montana 500 !!!
Very interesting picture of road oiling in 1915. Notice that it looks like the front wheel of the roller has been chained to keep it going straight. Also how about doing the job of standing on the little platform and adjusting the spray bar to get the correct spread rate.
Also notice.... Even then, they had someone just standing around. Kind of like the shovel leaners we have now....just no shovel to lean on......
The chain(s) you refer to are what steers the rig. The end of the steering wheel shaft has a worm gear that in turn rotates a crosswise shaft with a 'spool' on each end. The chain on each side wraps on these spools. Interestingly, I have a friend who owns a 'few' steam traction engines. One of which is a genuine roller virtually identical to the one pictured here. It started life with the New York State highway dept. I don't recall what year it is, I think early teens. Quite a nice toy!
The chain is actually part of the steering mechanism.
Fairly common on early rollers and steam tractors, etc. The chain is usually attached to and wrapped around shaft or worm gear.
I can just hear the stones beating off the underside of the fenders as the stones stick to the tires from the fresh oil.
Another great view into the past.
David & Erik thanks for the info on the steering. I would think the standing around guy works for the road department and is checking the oil spread rate and the guy on the platform works for the paving company.
If one reads the caption it say's American Tar CO and there is a hose to the tank with live steam from the engine so i doubt if its oil.The engine is hot,the tank is hot,the tar is hot and 101 years later it's still a Nasty Stinky job!! Bud.
You got it Bud, that is the way lots of county roads were built and long as it was cold, the pavement stayed together and did not wash out. That tar was a good binder.
OK yes it is road tar, the point is the guy standing is checking the work being done.
Jim,It's been too long since we were riding in the 1914!!!!
The steam roller is a Buffalo-Springfield.
Wouldn't want to be the guy adjusting the spray all day. Tim
Let's brighten it up and take a closer look.
Notice the scrapers on the roller wheels, just as in modern days, (keeps from tracking rocks) a necessary thing, then as now. Dave in Bellingham wa