The International Steam Pages
Barton Gate Steam Rally, 16th - 17th July, 2016
This is one of a series of pages which I have uploaded to illustrate facets of steam rallies we have attended in the UK. Such events occur all over the country in the summer months, they are easily found by using your favourite search engine and may have anything between a handful of steam engines and hundreds (as at the Great Dorset Steam Fair which could probably be fairly described as having an excess of riches). Click here for the overall 2016 index.
Returning south from Masham on the Sunday, I was conscious of the small rally near Barton-under-Needwood just south of Burton on Trent, We'd done the tourist thing at Fountains Abbey so we didn't arrive until 14.30 and saw the tail end of the show. These seemed to be mostly local engines, about one third were not seen before and others had been seen near here at Elvaston and Rempstone. It was a delight to visit, we saw 'children' in a steering 'race' and enjoyed a final Grand Parade. It was extraordinary to see two of the Wallis Simplicity rollers in two days and the unique old John Allen assembled Fowler roller was an absolute treasure. It was a day where you couldn't go wrong photographically - as long as you asked politely to enter the sawing area. A couple of hours later we carried on home entirely satisfied, especially as Yuehong did well off a bric-a-brac stall.
Many of these engines were familiar, but very welcome sights in a new environment. Details below were taken from personal observation and also David Collidge's Steam Scenes site http://www.steamscenes.org.uk/ which continues to be the most reliable source of information.
Rob and Yuehong Dickinson