The International Steam Pages
Welland Steam Rally 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 Welland index and click here for the overall index.
By working engines, I mean steam engines which did more than sit looking beautiful or amble round the main arena to have their pictures taken. YouTube videos of the action will follow when I have time to do the editing. My still record is less adequate as naturally I was concentrating on getting as good a video record as possible especially as there were long periods of idleness followed by a short period when several of the attractions were working simultaneously, this was not Welland organisation at its best. Worse still was the Friday when the only threshing session took place simultaneously with the grand parade...
Road Making Demonstration
This was a continuation of the previous year's work by the Vintage Road Making Team. This time a steam locomotive from the North Gloucestershire Railway at Toddington was present with 2 skips but as there was no loader available it was reduced to shuffling up and down and briefly giving joy rides to invaders from the Branch Line Society, a group whose enthusiasm was admirable but whose manners and common sense were less so. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swSOlBeiOjc for a video clip of this.
The steam roller was providing steam for the Worthington-Simplex duplex pump to draw water from a well placed stream, this being used to quench the thirst of the steam exhibits. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyIbgeoUGzo for a video clip of this.
Cutting of the wheat occurred on Friday so it was not until Saturday morning that 'ploughing' could start. With the ground very dry, a cultivator had to be used instead of a full plough. From what I could see the land was then being rolled so they could start all over again on Sunday... Fowlers 14257 and 15379 were in use with 2528 as spare. A nice touch was to use a small Burrell tractor 3245 to get the cables in position. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGvYm1gIsBQ for a video clip of this.
Wheat cut ion the next door field was brought down to be threshed using a Ransomes machine and then the straw baled, it looks better on the video... The key parts are the same as in a rice mill but I doubt many readers have seen one of these. The engine was a Foster ("Stargazer", 2728/1903). See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIQkjEqehiM for a video clip of this.
There is a 1950s ex-British Railways steam crane which is used to move logs for the sawing demonstration:
The Advance (7891/1906) and the Foster ("Sir William", 14622/1931) were powering the two adjacent saw benches: See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOBYKfOmGCM for a video clip of this.
The troupe of Can Can Dancers performed to the music from the Gavioli Organ which was powered in part by a Fowler showman's engine ("Carry On", 14425/1914). Many others were generating electricity for the fun fair. See the YouTube video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oGzoJRvKYA.
The Ross-on-Wye Steam Engine Society has installed a short standard gauge line on the site and "Bellerophon" was giving rides on a GWR brake van ('Toad'). On the 610mm (2ft) narrow gauge, Feldbahn loco Henschel 0-8-0T (14968/1918) was performing, for many years it served in Mozambique as Sena Sugar 15 at their Marromeu mill.
If you like this sort of thing then try David Collidge's Steam Scenes http://www.steamscenes.org.uk/
Rob and Yuehong Dickinson