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Vintage Steam Gala and transport rally – glorious!

We had a fabulous afternoon on Sunday at the Swanage Railway Vintage Transport Rally visiting the vintage cars steam engines and vehicle displays at Harman’s cross. The Bournemouth and Poole Preservation Society were supporting the Swanage Steam Railway for this local rally and offering a fine end-of-season outing at the great cars, vintage lorries and engines restored and conserved by local members.  The train timetabling was a bit out of kilter – arising we hear from a small conflagration in Corfe – I guess burning things is one of the risks of travelling with coal ablaze at one end of your engine! Although it sounds a bit like an old black and white movie, the Fire Service were on the scene pretty quick and the village was saved! Nothing too exciting really after all – this is Dorset!

As for us punters, the weather was idyllic so no-one seemed to mind the delays too much and with picnic in tow we just munched on our Dorset Ham sandwiches …mmmm!

The old railway hands do tend to look a bit like they just fell out of a spaghetti western….

Sepia picture of engineers waiting for the trainSteam Train at Harman's Cross
Finally the train arrived and we were blessed with glorious sunshine and steam


Published by annie, on 16th September 2010 at 1:19 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Vintage Steam Gala and transport rally – glorious!

Steve’s Steam Fair

Taking the shepherds hut home – the McLaren engine at around 5 miles per hour leaves the 2010 Great Dorset Steam Fair

A panoramic image of a steam engine pulling a shepherds hut

This next photo epitomises the atmosphere of the 2010 Great Dorset Steam Fair – click on the image, zoom in and scroll and you can almost smell the coke, sweat and steam!

Panoramic image of the Great Dorset Steam Fair at night

For more of Steve’s images of the Dorset Steam Fair and other Dorset sights visit his website


Published by annie, on 6th September 2010 at 5:04 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , , Comments Off on Steve’s Steam Fair