The International Steam Pages
The Long Shop Museum, Leiston
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 2017 index.
About 20 years ago, I was asked at a slide show I was giving on sugar mills in Java whether I had ever come across a Garrett engine in them I have to confess that it was not a name that meant anything to me at the time although I was familiar with Garratt steam locomotives. Fast forward a few more years and in Burma, I started to meet small numbers of these creatures in rice mills, it turned out that they were invariably portable engines which had been split into engine and boiler parts for convenience. After we came to the UK in 2011 and started to visit steam rallies, we started to meet their road steam engines, although I had seen one of their steam rollers preserved in Bangkok since the original question was asked.
The Long Shop Museum, Leiston is housed in the remaining part of the Richard Garrett workshops and we managed to squeeze in a visit on our way to the Grand Henham Steam Rally in September 2017. The Suffolk Punch has recently been put back 'in ticket', but for the time being at least and understandably so, they seem to be keeping it on a short lead and I don't think it has been steamed outside Leiston. Overall the museum Is a magnificent tribute to the memory of the company with a display that goes far beyond the engines shown here.
Steam Roller (seen at the Grand Henham Steam Rally later in the day)
If you like this sort of thing then try David Collidge's Steam Scenes http://www.steamscenes.org.uk/
Rob and Yuehong Dickinson