A group of our members visited the Robey Trust, in Tavistock, on Saturday 18th November.
The Trust has an interest in Robey machines with an overall commitment to the preservation, restoration, operation and display of steam vehicles.
We met up with our tour guide and Trust founder Dave Davies who was very enthusiastic and wished to pass on his skills and knowledge to us and his volunteers.
Robey steam powered machines were built in Lincoln up to the mid 1950s. They ranged from small stationary engines, road rollers, road vehicles including steam lorries and road locos.
The Robey Trust in Tavistock was created following the Town Council no longer having a use for their Robey steam roller. Mr Davies and the Trust have now developed expertise in restoring these machines to working condition and their reputation is now well known throughout the steam preservation movement and they have received support from many organisations particularly the Heritage Lottery Fund.