12th/13th May saw the annual Steam Spectacular of Carter’s Steam Fair visiting it’s home town Pinkneys Green, Maidenhaed. As anyone who’s visited Carter’s Steam Fair knows it is always a feast for the senses, their wonderful rides and attractions all hand painted and cared for to the highest standards are such a joy to look at as well as ride on. However what makes the Pinkneys Green event that little more special is the addition of the fair being mainly powered by visiting Showmans Engines, a recreation of what travelling fairs were really like in their steam heydays.
This year the engines in attendance were:
1914 – Burrell Scenic (3610) William V
1921 – Burrell Scenic (3888) General Gough
1907 – Burrell (2894) Pride of Worcester
1911 – Burrell (2388) Nancy
1934 – Fowler Superlion (20223) Supreme
Hearing the engines working away over the general frivolity of people enjoying the fair creates an atmosphere not recreated at any other event and is something very special that is worth revisiting every year.
Steam Yachts in full swing! Burrell ‘Nancy’ in the background having going full chat generating for 3 rides!!!
Burrell Scenic General Gough powering the Dodgems with ease.
William V Crew Pinkneys Green 13th May 2018, L-R Ted, Jim, Harry & Trevor.
Burrell ‘Pride of Worcester’ providing the juice in abundance for the ‘Skid’
For the May Club Meeting on Monday 14th May, we have Derek Farrow giving a talk on transport from 1900 – 1930. See you there at Englefield Social Club from 7.30pm.
Thanks to all who came and supported the first TVTEC spring gathering, it was lovely to see so many people enjoying themselves despite the very non-spring like weather.
With three engines in steam and vintage tractors and other vehicles on show there was plenty to see, though undoubtedly the star of the show was the Fowler T3 8 Ton steam roller No. 17950 in steam for the first time in 52 years! Set up for visitors to see in a timeless fashion, its original paint work with oil, road grime and shiny brass, it looked just like it did in its last days of work. Parked up next to a roller van complete with drivers bicycle and wash stand, this even had dirty water in like the driver had just had a wash! It truly was a perfect photographic scene for those hoping to recreate the past.
A special thanks goes to Richard Hazell and his steam gang for hosting the event and to club Chairman Ewen and club Secretary Carole Davies who made sure everyone was well fed and watered during the event.
Fowler T3 Roller No. 17950 – In steam for the first time in 52 years, 28th April 2018.
The Thames Valley Traction Engine Club are proud to announce their spring gathering including the exclusive first appearance of an engine not seen in steam since 1966!
This event is for members and invited guests only, however those wishing to do so may join on the day.
Below is a list of the planned events for the next few months. Club Evenings are always held on the second Monday of the month at Englefield social club (www.englefieldclub.co.uk), unless stated otherwise. Talks are now presented within the Social club rather than the School, which is a more comfortable environment where refreshments can be consumed.
Monday 9th April: Frank Bamfield showing old transport films
Monday 14th May: Derek Farrow gives a talk on transport from 1900-1930.
Monday 11th June: Visit to the new Train Care Depot at Reading
Monday 9th July: Models night at Fred Coopers yard
Monday 13th August: Noggin and Natter at Englefield Social Club
Quick reminder the February meeting is tonight from 7:30pm at the Englefield Social Club, we have a film show of previously unseen and recently digitised 8mm cine film for this evenings show, so bring your popcorn!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Hi All TVTEC members,
If the recent weather has been getting you down then we might have the perfect way to perk you up! For the next club meeting on February 12th we have a wonderful film show of previously unseen Cine footage of rallies from 1965-1980. If that wasn’t enough to entice you out, we have also arranged for this film show to be held in the Englefield Club house function room, in the warm, with comfortable chairs and you’ll be able to bring your refreshments in to the show too!
We really hope you can make this not to be missed show, also if you know someone who might also like the show/would like to join TVTEC then why not invite them along too. The membership secretary will be on hand and very happy to welcome new members.
Don’t forget the club merchandise, we still have a selection of TVTEC clothing that will be available for purchase at the February meeting. Also there are the last few Club 2018 calendars left, these will be on special offer of £3 each, so grab one before they’re all gone. If you can’t make the meeting but would like a calendar/item of clothing do email us and reserve one.
See you on the 12th Feb, 7:30pm Englefield Social Club.
R.Hazell’s Wallis & Steevens Oilbath Tractor 7872, approaching Appleford on Thames, August 2017.