The mystery machine

“We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward, are dreams.”
- HG Wells

BCer Emiline is perplexed:

This device has been tickling our imagination. What is it? Why is it there? And how long has it been there? Is it a tarmac laying device used by a local resident of Braxfield Road who since has retired? Is it the purchase of a man in mid-life crisis whose wife can't stand his compulsive eBay clicking, therefore moving the device to Braxfield Road in the middle of the night? Please, Brockley Central, tell us the truth, the whole truth behind this strange device.


If it's your machine or you know its story, please help her.

21 comments:

Tamsin said...

Is it just me or is does it look like some sort of grass-hopper with rusty antennae?

Ian on the Hill said...

Is it the new Volvo?

kolp said...

It's clearly the new Damien Hirst! The Physical Impossibility of Life in the Body of Something Rusting

Monkeyboy said...

It's the "Lou Baker Bus For London" the two wheel configuration will allow it to be designated as a bike therefore saving Road Excise Duty, an obvious modification that the Public Sector drones of TfL would never have thought of.

United States of the Obvious said...

I could be wrong but that looks like a "trailer", this is a device which attaches to the rear of another vehicle to enable an increased load hauling capacity.

The mystery deepens said...

I could be wrong but unless that bush is actually camouflage netting over the lockup garages, that ain't Braxfield Road

Anonymous said...

about 18 months (or so) ago it was parked opposite my house on Cranfield Road

Anonymous said...

Thanks United States of the Obvious, glad I wasn't the only person thinking that...

Mb said...

Sorry obvious but you can tow lots of stuff behind a car or van...

The outlet at the back and steel construction make me think it's a thingy that dispenses hot tar. The box at the other end may be for gas?

Yes, I should get out more

NAT said...

It does look a lot like a bitumen heating and dispension thingumajig.

Very good for blocked sinuses, I believe, standing next to an active one.

This example is of course dormant, maybe even extinct.

Anonymous said...

it is Braxfield road, on the quiet end by Howson road

Lou Baker said...

It's the catering wagon that supplies MB and his chums with endless hob nobs, on their extended tea-break when they should actually be working.

NAT said...

Oh dear....

Don't tell me theres nothing wrong with bitumen Lou.

I mean....Nothing?

NAT said...

...And lovely quote Nick, I was hurrying so hadn't noticed it.

The eloi and the 'morlocks'? was it?

Couldn't happen around here.

Anonymous said...

Morlocks? I think a few of those are regulars at the Brockley Barge.

They no doubt escaped from the Malpas sewer excavation.

NAT said...

They feed on the airheaded Eloi.

Mind how you go now.

Prince Peter the Pumpkin Eater said...

That's not nearly as interesting as the abandoned army lorry on Avignon Road.

It's been there nearly a year and no-one has yet dared to break in or spray rubbish tags all over it.

Anonymous said...

The army lorry was also parked outside our house on Cranfield Road for an age. The positive aspect of that was at least it prevented taxis parking there day and night

Prince Peter the Pumpkin Eater said...

This photographer reckons the lorry is an old Russian army vehicle:

http://twitpic.com/2weg30

Headhunter said...

Has it moved I always thought both it and the army truck were permanently parked on Cranfield Rd alongside the church... I always assumed this thing was an old fashioned generator used in roadworks to power temporary traffic lights etc

fred the spread said...

its an asphalt mixer,

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