Ballast Spreader

This ballast spreader is of a similar type to the bespectacled yellow machine depicted in "Small Engines" (1967), on which can be made out the legend "SODOR CHAIN LOAD UNDERCUT", but is about 20 years older. Interestingly, old lead mine tailings taken out by the Small Engines would have made excellent weed-killing ballast with all those toxic heavy metals about - although not very correct by today's environmental standards!