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Steamroller

A steamroller (or steam roller) is a form of road roller – a type of heavy construction machinery used for leveling surfaces, such as roads or airfields – that is powered by a steam engine. The levelling/flattening action is achieved through a combination of the size and weight of the vehicle and the rolls: the smooth wheels and the large cylinder or drum fitted in place of treaded road wheels.

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Steamroller Art

Every year The Center for the Book in San Francisco hosts an event where a real old steamroller is used to print art on site. It's pretty amazing.

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