You’d never have believed it was the same season – dust in the gateway, engines moving around a field, sun burnt faces, and glorious sunshine… This year’s Cholsey Chuff was lucky to escape the horrendous weather we’ve been having. Rally goers were like a load of caged lions being let out!
Thames Valley Traction Engine Club members gathered at the premesis of Richard Hawthorne on the Saturday for an evening barbecue. On Sunday a road run through the Oxfordshire countryside towards the village of South Moreton followed by a pub stop at the Red Lion was the order of the day.
The Hawthorne family presented their newly acquired Foster 4″ traction engine “Dolly”. It’s first appearance after receiving a complete new boiler.
Making one of it’s first public appearances was Andy Humphries “AF” type 1930 Aveling and Porter Steam Roller. Purchased in April by Andy, a few jobs have been undertaken including a piece in the boiler barrell.
Also in attendance was Martin Fagg’s unique Foster wagon, sporting a bright machined flywheel face, a feature Fosters put on a number of their engines.
A great day was had by all in what finally felt like a Summers weekend.