"The steam roller that Jack Holroyd
mentions above would have been a Midlothian County Council roller
similar to the one which visited Inveresk every few years.
It may have even been the same one.
This was a Fowler roller with belly
tanks for tar and a spray unit at the back.
It used to pull a hopper wagon full of gravel and the
drill was to set off with the tar spraying while the gravel fell
from the hopper evenly onto the road.
Immediately behind was another roller,
an Aveling & Porter, which ran back and forward rolling the gravel
into the tar. The smell of tar, steam and hot oil,
and the sounds, were exciting for us
The driver kept promising us a ride on
the roller and one evening when they had
almost finished the job he finally took two of us for a run round
the village, something I've never
Alan Grieve, Minehead, Somerset,
England: May 30, 2011