Exhibit - Robey Traction Engine

The engine (builders number 44100 of 1928) was constructed by Robey & Co of Lincoln in England and delivered to the Public Work Department in Tasmania in January 1929. It is a 10 hp single cylinder engine which weighs in at around 17.5t. It was claimed at the time to be the largest Traction Engine to be imported into Tasmania by that time.

It generally worked driving crushing plants on road projects around the state but no specific details are know until 1943 when it was working on the construction of the Floating Bridge in Hobart. Following that it was relocated to the West Coast where it worked with a mobile crushing plant and other activities on various road projects in the area. In 1956 it was been abandoned at the quarry near Rosebery where it had last worked.

In the late 1970s or early 1980s it was recovered by the then Department of Main Roads and returned to Hobart for use as an apprentice training project, with assistance from others in the community. Following restoration the engine has been placed on loan to the Tasmanian Transport Museum Society and is kept in operation use and has regularly participated in displays, parades and other activities.

The Robey traction engine prior to departing the museum on an outing, November 2005
The Robey traction engine prior to departing the museum on an outing, November 2005
The Robey traction engine was displayed at the 2012 Steamfest, held at Sheffield in March 2012. It i
The Robey traction engine was displayed at the 2012 Steamfest, held at Sheffield in March 2012. It i
In early 2015 the Robey traction engines was displayed at the National Historical Machinery Rally at
Prior to participating in a
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first traction engine arriving in Tasmania, in July 2015 t
After passing under the Tasman Bridge, the Robey traction engine climbs Topham Street in Rose Bay on
The Robey traction proceeds along the East Derwent Highway in Lindisfarne on its way back to the mus
To provide living accommodation for engine crews whilst in transit or at remote locations, the Publi
The Robey engine was displayed at the Wooden Boat Festival on Hobarts waterfront in February 2017 wh

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