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Banbury Steam Rally 2014
Working Steam

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 Banbury 2014 index and click here for the overall index for 2014.


Banbury, to me, represented a wasted opportunity although I am not privy to what the host farm would allow or not. There were a large number of engines present on a large farmland site and yet all that was on offer were three similar saw benches. In particular four ploughing engines did very little except demonstrate some winching in the arena (which I didn't see). Two of the three benches were not well placed in terms of light and for the third I was grateful to the team for allowing me to come on the 'wrong side' of the safety barrier. My main pre-occupation was to get as good a video record as possible and these appear on my You Tube Channel.

Saw Bench 1

Marshall 61970/1913 was working on the south side of the working arena - too close to the barrier for a good view. The bench is by 'Gentle of St. Albans':

Saw Bench 2

Foster 2728/1903 was working a Marshalla of Gainsborough saw bench:

Saw Bench 3

Foster 14410/1920 working the saw bench which I did not note but from the programme it may have been a Denning (of Chard).


Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson

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