The International Steam Pages
Tavistock Steam Fair (1st June, 2014)
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 index for 2014.
After out early visits to Burma when we had discovered several Robey stationary steam engines still in regular use, we were put in touch with Dave Davies the leading light of the Robey Trust - http://www.therobeytrust.co.uk/ - which is based in Tavistock, West Devon. Here they have a well equipped workshop and have restored a number of Robey engines. Undoubtedly it is is the most significant dedicated 'single manufacturer' collection of steam road engines and stationary engines in the world, to my knowledge there is nothing like it anywhere else. As a result we have had a standing invitation to visit and at long last that happened on the occasion of their annual steam fair on 1st June 2014. It is not a large event but as you will see from the pictures, it has loads of atmosphere as the engines take it turns to haul trailers of visitors round the historic town. There are video clips available on YouTube - http://youtu.be/L4MMq-xubZU (road engines) and http://youtu.be/_fQq8VSG1UE (steam car and fire engine). There are other engines at their workshop (not shown here) and this is Dave taking his personal engine carefully through a mini-roundabout in the town centre.
Details below were taken from the trust's website and also David Collidge's Steam Scenes site http://www.steamscenes.org.uk/ which continues to be the most reliable source of information.
An honourable mention is due to members of the Tavistock Town Band who feature on one of the You Tube clips (http://youtu.be/L4MMq-xubZU) and the Morris Dancers (Dartmoor Border Morris - http://www.dartmoorbordermorris.com/), I got a couple of clips of them in action just as we were due to depart for a workshop tour but not enough to be worthy of an upload..
Rob and Yuehong Dickinson