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Blodwen - one of the last of the few

Recorded for posterity: the partnership between Mr Herbert Bellis and Blodwen the Beautiful, one of the last steam rollers in operation.

Amateur film 1958 15 mins Silent

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Herbert Bellis and his fellow Flintshire County Council employees are fuelled for their work on the roads by tea and sandwiches but the fair Blodwen requires something more substantial. Her lunch – a bag of coal - arrives by special delivery, in a FCC van, and it keeps her rolling smoothly on, driven and maintained in all her steam-powered complexity by Bellis.