We are excited to announce that the Bon Accord Steam Engine Club (BASEC) and the Ladies of Steam (LoS) have joined forces through an exclusive international partnership to support our collective interest in the preservation of steam.
The partnership, headed up by our committee member Leanne together with Jen and Nicole of LoS, means that BASEC are to be the only UK based supplier of LoS merchandise. Merchandise will be made, sold and dispatched from the UK meaning quicker turnaround times and reduced postage costs to our UK and European supporters. LoS have had direct input in the choice of suppliers and materials to ensure that the high standard of quality of LoS merchandise is maintained.
Leanne says “This partnership was a no brainer for us, having met up with Jen and Nicole when they were recently in the UK attending the Great Dorset Steam Fair and being keen supporters of their movement and international presence, we knew it was a great fit! LoS are a huge international presence and are committed to their ‘Women teaching women’ events.”
With BASEC’s 50th rally coming up next year, we are really proud that LoS have decided that they want to involve our club in their continued expansion into the steam scene in the UK. It really is an exciting time for both organisations.
BASEC have a large number of female members actively involved in the preservation of steam traction engines and wider efforts to preserve other vintage vehicles such as tractors, commercial vehicles and classic cars. Our very own “quines of steam” are frequently seen at rallies throughout Scotland any beyond. At last year’s Great Dorset Steam Fair, they took part in a group photograph with other UK based female steam enthusiasts and Jen and Nicole of LoS.
Leanne shares her views on women involved in steam preservation “[LoS] for me is the extra push we need to encourage women to really get involved in the preservation movement, understand the workings of traction engines and the basic engineering that went into these beautiful and powerful machines. I like when I see other females with their sleeves rolled up, spanners in hand, truly understanding the vehicles they are driving because after all, for these vehicles to remain in preservation and in road worthy condition, it really does take a village.”
LoS are based in Minnesota in the USA and travel to different rallies facilitating their “women teaching women” event where they offer a basic boiler overview and invite women and children in attendance to get on the footplate to be taught how to run the levers. Jen and Nicole also help with the University of Rollag Steam School which teaches students (approximately 70 per year) how to drive and operate American steam powered traction engines. A portion of proceeds from LoS merchandise sales goes towards scholarships for women attending steam schools throughout the United States. In Minnesota, operators of traction engines must pass a written exam, have a minimum of 25 hours in operation (verified by signed affidavit), and attend the 14-hour classroom instruction before they are allowed to operate them independently. Unlike the UK where there is no formal test to pass beyond a basic car licence with the exception of road rollers.
Merchandise will be sold via defined order windows on the BASEC shop with some exclusive UK designs and styles being created in close collaboration with LoS. Information on ordering and pricing will be available soon!
The Scottish Parliament are currently reviewing the Transport (Scotland) Bill which introduces a ban on the movement and storage of historic vehicles which do not meet pollution and fuel efficiency standards in Scottish cities. The proposal is to do this through the introduction of Low Emissions Zones (LEZs).
The Bon Accord Steam Engine Club take this very seriously, considering the detrimental impact to our movement and wider community of vintage enthusiasts would be unthinkable. Although supportive of the Bill in general, we are taking action to ask our MSPs to support us in introducing an exemption clause for vehicles which fall under the “historic vehicle” taxation class.
The club will write a formal plea on behalf of the committee and our members to our MSPs in the North East of Scotland, asking them to back the proposed amendment to the bill to support and protect the longevity of our clubs mission.
We continue to liaise closely with other clubs in the UK and particularly want to thank the Federation of British Historic Vehicles Clubs (FBHVC) for their due diligence and raising awareness on this matter.
If you are a resident in Scotland, you too can get involved by lobbying your local MSP. However, time is running out and the deadline is Tuesday 4th June ahead of the next discussion on the Bill.
Click the below PDF for more information from the FBHVC.
Recently, committee members Leanne and Jamie took part in a live interview at Grampian Hospital Radio. The show, aptly named A Touch of Tartan, is broadcast throughout Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and Roxburgh House and is available online across the world via TuneIn radio.
Did you miss it? Don’t worry if you did, we’ve shared this for you below so you can listen now!
If you want to find out more about Grampian Hospital Radio – check our their website at http://www.ghr.org.uk
This Tuesday 21st May, committee members from the club will take to the airwaves on Grampian Hospital Radio to discuss the club’s activities in general and the steam fair in particular. The interview will be broadcast from around 7.20pm on the stations’ A Touch of Tartan programme.
You can listen via the Tunein radio app or website. We also hope to be able to bring the interview to you live via Facebook. Just click on the link below and be sure to tune in!
Grampian Hospital Radio is a local charity based in Aberdeen City Hospital which provides entertainment to the patients of NHS Grampian. The station is proud to support the Bon Accord Steam Engine Club and will be providing a disco for exhibitors in the evening at the steam fair.
It is a common misconception that being a member of a steam engine club is a men only activity. Not so! At BASEC we are lucky to have a number of very active female members.
Here we see club secretary Leanne and supporter Zara at Beamish Museum sporting their Ladies of Steam t-shirts. Ladies of Steam, LLC are based in America and seek to highlight the contribution that female enthusiasts make to the steam preservation movement internationally.
We’re always keen to welcome new members, whether male or female. So if you fancy becoming a Lady (or Lassie) of Steam visit our membership page for details of how to become a club member now!
Members of the Bon Accord Seam Engine Club and volunteers from the Grampian Transport Museum recreated scenes from the past at the recent Steam@Alford event. The team crushed material using a stone crusher, then moved the crushed material to the road area and then used a steam roller to roll the material in.
“Preservation of Steam in the North East of Scotland”
The Bon Accord Steam Engine Club Ltd
Company No. SC278506.
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