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Weald of Kent Steam Rally (14th - 15th August, 2021)

This is one of a series of pages I have uploaded to illustrate facets of the steam rallies we have attended in the UK. Click here for the 2021 introduction and overall index.


Weald of Kent Steam Rally 2021 was very nearly the rally that wasn't. Having refused to succumb to the threat of Covid 19, it was almost washed out by heavy rain. So much that with just 4 days to go, organiser Bill Giles was faced with the uncomfortable choice of outright cancellation or postponement for a week with the forecast promising warm, dry and breezy weather. He chose the latter, it was the right decision and the amount of work needed and carried out as a result can be judged by the fact that everyone of what I can imagine were dozens of signs in the area had had the date amended (by Bill himself as he recounted to me). In the event, the sun shone on Saturday (and probably on Sunday, we were heading home via Great Dixter), the picture below is a little misleading as it was taken at 17.00 on the Saturday when most of the crowds had already gone. Yuehong 's smile says it all, for us it was just great to be back out enjoying a steam rally.

Inevitably many of the exhibits had prior commitments for the new date and just 19 of the planned 34 full size steam exhibits were present. On Sunday, we bumped into one of the 'no shows', Tasker 1424, on its way home from an event at Sheffield Park. After a quiet start on Saturday, we went over to the nearby garden at Sissinghurst at midday and when we returned we found the car park nicely full and a certain amount of movement taking place. However, the ground was soft and even damp in places; in particular it was not safe to use the grass airstrip which is usually an unfenced playpen but there was a Grand Parade in the arena as scheduled in the late afternoon. 

Hopefully, the weather will have encouraged enough visitors into their cars to have covered all the costs and the rally will be able to return stronger than ever in 2022. There are precious few steam events now in Kent and Sussex now that Wiston is, at best, looking for a new home. 

One of the highlights for me was Sentinel Waggon 8850 in an apparently  finished state, I had seen it progressing through a complete rebuild during my two previous visits to the rally. Known as 'The Lion' it was displayed with a fellow Sentinel which is, in fact, a reconstruction. 

Steam Rollers

Maker

Number

Registration

Notes

 
Aveling and Porter 5156/1902 

Weald of Kent Rally 2021 Picture 

TU 874  "Lydia" 
Steam Scenes Link  
Tinkers Park Rally 2015 Picture 
Wiston Rally 2015 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
Wiston Rally 2019 Picture 
Weald of Kent Rally 2019 Picture  
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2019 Picture 
 
Aveling and Porter 7080/1911  E 5346 "Bostin"
Steam Scenes Link
 
Old Warden Rally 2017 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
Old Warden Rally 2018 Picture 
Great North Steam Fair 2019 Picture 
Weald of Kent Rally 2019 Picture
 
Aveling and Porter 10762/1923 MF 4008 "Ebeneezer" 
Steam Scenes Link 
Tinkers Park Rally 2015 Picture 
Tinkers Park Rally 2018 Picture 
 
Aveling and Porter 11556/1926   MK 6933 "Gentle Annie"
Steam Scenes Link
 
Weald of Kent Rally 2019 Picture 
 
Aveling and Porter 12103/1928  SM 7013 "Janet"
SteamScenes Link  
Old Warden Rally 2013 Picture 
Old Warden Rally 2014 Picture 
Old Warden Rally 2016 Picture 
Old Warden Rally 2017 Picture 
Old Warden Rally 2018 Picture 
 
Aveling and Porter 14073/1930 FV 1326 Steam Scenes Link  
Weald of Kent Rally 2019 Picture 

General Engines

Maker

Number

Registration

Notes

 
Allchin 1458/1908  DD 2006 SteamScenes Link  
Old Warden Rally 2013 Picture 
Banbury Rally 2014 Picture 
Old Warden Rally 2014 Picture 
Hollowell Rally 2016 Picture 
Old Warden Rally 2016 Picture 
Old Warden Rally 2017 Picture 
Weeting Rally 2018 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
Old Warden Rally 2018 Picture 
 
Aveling and Porter 8632/1915 BF 4871 "Queen O'Scots" 
Steam Scenes Link
(!) 
 
Aveling and Porter 8796/1917 BF 7248
was EW 2237
Steam Scenes Link (!)
Reconstructed from derelict roller parts. 
Weald of Kent Rally 2019 Picture 
 
Burrell 2386/1901 
NO 394 "Titaness" 
Steam Scenes Link 
Weald of Kent Rally 2016 Picture 
Weald of Kent Rally 2019 Picture  
 
Burrell 2575/1903  TA 1489 "Buller" 
Steam Scenes Link 
Tinkers Park 2015 Picture 
Weald of Kent Rally 2016 Picture 
Tinkers Park 2018 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
Weald of Kent Rally 2019 Picture 
 
Clayton and Shuttleworth 46823/1914  KE 4173 Steam Scenes Link 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
Weald of Kent Rally 2019 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2019 Picture 
  
Foden 14078/1932  MJ 369 "Mighty Atom" 
Steam Scenes Link 
Old Warden Rally 2014 Picture 
Fawley Hill Rally 2016 Picture 
Old Warden Rally 2016 Picture 
Old Warden Rally 2017 Picture  
Welland Rally 2018 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
Old Warden Rally 2018 Picture 
Welland Rally 2019 Picture 
Grand Henham Rally 2019 Picture 
 
Foster 14412/1920    AH 6098 Steam Scenes Link 
Seen under restoration three years ago.
Weald of Kent Rally 2016 Picture 
Weald of Kent Rally 2019 Picture 

 

Marshall Stratton 2008  New build
Weald of Kent Rally 2016 Picture 
Weald of Kent Rally 2019 Picture 
 
Sentinel 9593/1924  SV 5525 Reconstruction, carries Sentinel 5335 plate. 
Old Warden Rally 2017 Picture 
 
Tasker 1424/1910   AA 2536 "Willow O' the Wisp" 
Steam Scenes Link 
Malpas Rally 2014 Picture 
Astle Park Rally 2015 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2017 Picture 
Cheshire Fair 2018 Picture
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 

Steam Wagons

Sentinel 8848 was not present on the Saturday but attended on the Sunday, so I didn't see it. The picture here actually shows the wagon at the Steam on Rutland Water event in 2018. It has since changed its livery. 

Maker

Number

Registration

Notes

 
Sentinel 8448/1931 UX 8724 SteamScenes Link 
Shrewsbury Rally 2015 Picture 
Weeting Rally 2017 Picture 
Weeting Rally 2018 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
 
Sentinel 8850/1933   FJ 9248 Steam Scenes Link 
Weald of Kent Rally 2016 Picture 
Weald of Kent Rally 2019 Picture 

Ploughing Engine

Maker

Number

Registration

Notes

 
Fowler 14213/1914 HK 9840  "Bob" 
Steam Scenes Link 
Tinkers Park Rally 2018 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
SPC Great Challenge 2018 Picture 
Weald of Kent Rally 2019 Picture 

Portable Engine

Maker

Number

Notes
 
Marshall 47590/1907  Steam Scenes Link  
Weald of Kent Rally 2019 Picture 
 


Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson

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