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Great Dorset Steam Show (50th)


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Old 01-27-2018, 09:10:27 PM
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Anyone ever been to this????? I will miss Portland for the first time in 15 years. What to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a daughter in London and we want to go. What do you think??? https://www.facebook.com/GreatDorset...9623241053874/
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It is a phenomenal show! GO!

My sister & I attended in 2002. A crew of our friends are going this year.
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Had two days and an evening at the GDSF as part of a package tour in 2013, and would do it all again any time if finance permitted. Great selection of Showmans Engines all powering the traditional rides and amusements and lighting the show till late evening. 2013 featured steam rollers, over 100 of them, plus a great range of other steam gear, and all other types of vintage gear and working displays covering 600 acres! Said to be the biggest vintage show in Europe. English weather was perfect in August/September. Had to visit Edinburgh to see a little rain. Every enthusiast should go at least once, it's great! Regards,
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Visited the "500@50" this year. The biggest event ever. There is a small Peerless and Case as well as a George White - but predominantly UK engines - including some shipped in from New Zealand.
A few photos here, I am sure others will post more.
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A few more shots from Dorset

Ransome's 60BHP of 1925 being restored after having returned from Argentina. Although an English maker the engine is very much US-style build.
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Racing around the arena at 15mph
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Rail mounted Aveling & Porter 'Blue Circle' 1926
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Couple more general shots

Fowler "Princess Mary" in the plowing arena (also an Avery undermount there too)
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Nothing better than steam and snacks - other than steam and cider of course!
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I was there on Thursday, fortunately before the rain came.

I’m told that there were over 560 engines at the show. I assume this included traction, showman’s, portable, rollers, and steam waggons (trucks). Fascinating variety, and as my wife pointed out, there’s something very special about being in the midst of hundreds of living, breathing engines.

As well as more engines, it seems that there were more visitors than ever, judging by the traffic problems.

Mark mentioned that the 60 BHP Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies engine's 'very much US-style build’. Well, up to a point. It certainly looks unusual to British eyes, but that’s partly because it was built for export to Argentina as a straw-burner, suitable for direct ploughing/plowing, with single-speed gears (I think), and has a clutch. However, it is typically British in other respects, including having steam-jacketed cross-compound cylinders.

One British example at the show which did display American-type features was a Marshall ‘Light’ traction engine made as late as 1936 and exported to Russia. Single cylinder, steam dome instead of jacketed cylinder, single speed, small flywheel with clutch, exhaust feedwater heater. It did retain Stephenson's link motion, though, and also had a cable drum (although much smaller than was normal on British engines). Unfortunately I seem to have used up my photo posting quota.

It’s great to see overseas-built or unusual repatriated British engines, but they’re all too rare at shows here, unfortunately.

An excellent new feature at the show was a recreation of an engine scrapyard, housing a variety of distressed engines. Being rusted through or partly dismembered allowed details of boiler construction, etc, to be studied. The oldest engine in the ‘scrapyard’ was a 2-cylinder Hornsby portable, made in 1868. There was also a tiny Italian portable engine made by Soc. Italo-Svizerra, its reverse-flue boiler riddled with bullet holes.
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It’s great to see overseas-built or unusual repatriated British engines, but they’re all too rare at shows here, unfortunately.

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It is also unfortunate that many 'unusual' colonial engines have their features removed to make them into generic UK style engines.
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Did anybody get pictures of Brian Walsh from Ontario Canada with his Sawyer Massey Steam engine at the fair?.Brian is a member of our club here in Milton and was also a former President of our club



Congratulations to the folks of the Great Dorset Steam Fair on 50 years
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Yes the Sawyer Massey looked splendid at the event, the enthusiastic team looked to be enjoying the show and being part of the Special Celebration.

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