As we announce the exhibits at this years steam fair, the club are pleased to announce that the last scenic showmans engine to be built by Burrell’s of Thetford will be attending the event. Dolphin was built in 1925 and is now preserved in the North East of Scotland.
Another new entry to this years steam fair is Mick’s Mac, a McLaren Road Locomotive dating from 1908 that spent its entire working life in New Zealand. The engine was manufactured by McLarens of Leeds and carriers their works number 1012. The engine has never visited Scotland before, so we are privileged that it’s first foray north will be to the Castle Fraser Steam Fair. Thank you to Jeremy Craske for the photo.
When the first steam engines were engaged on farms, they were not the traction engines that we regularly see, but portable engines. These portable engines were usually a hauled between farms by horses, and were not self propelled. Portly Polly was built by Ruston Proctor of Lincoln in 1916. The engine is a particularly large portable, that was built as a PDG class engine, and is 12 horse power and is again fitted with compound cylinders.
This engine which will be on display in the working area, was for many years on display in a museum on the Isle of Wight, and this is the furthest North the engine has ever been exhibited.
We are proud to hold our annual Steam Fair on the beautiful setting of Castle Fraser in Aberdeenshire each year. The fair is held directly adjacent to the castle which makes a stunning backdrop for our event. To enter the event you should approach the main entrance to the right of the castle.
Upon entering the event, be sure to pick up a programme (small fee applicable) and be greeted by our many craft and retail stalls as well as some classic cars. In the centre of the field you will find our family entertainment rides, food and bar before moving on to our main arena which hosts a selection of games and parades of vehicles throughout the day. Further along, get up close and personal with our steam engines and crews before moving up to the joining field to view our vintage vehicles, tractors and displays.
And why not stop in by the castle for a look around before heading home!
Club members James and Leanne took out the Cook family’s Sentinel DG4 3-way tipper last weekend to attend the annual Fife Vintage Agricultural Machinery Club rally in Cupar.
This DG4 has an easy cruising speed in excess of 20 mph and this video shows it really does take a bit of team work to crew a Sentinel!
This year at the Bon Accord Steam Fair, we have two of the fantastic donkeys form Jenny’s Donkeys. Barney and McGrew will be offering childrens rides (small charge applies) at one end of the show ground adjacent to the castle.
We are excited and are looking forward to meeting them, we hope that our visitors are equally excited.
Why not check out Jenny’s Donkeys facebook page, for more information.
We have several new exhibits at the 2018 Bon Accord Steam Engine Club Castle Fraser Steam Fair, and one such exhibit is the Brown Families Garret Wagon.
Richard Garrett and Sons limited was an East Anglian steam engine manufacturer who were based in Leiston in Suffolk. This steam engine manufacturer was well known for its traction engines, roller and portable… engines, however it also built some steam wagons. This wagon was built in 1926 and is a horse power steam wagon that was originally supplied to William Aitken Haulage contractors of Linlithgow, Scotland. After about six months, the wagon was returned to the manufacturer, as Aitkens were unhappy with the wagons performance. The wagon was rebuilt and sold on to Devon County Council, in who’s livery it has been restored. The wagon ceased working in the late 1950’s before being restored to operational condition and then sold to Mr Charles Matthew Snr of Toronto Canada. The engine returned to the UK with the current owners in 2012 and its preservation debut was at the 2017 Great Dorset Steam Fair. This is the only 6 ton superheated steam wagon left that was manufactured by Garretts and this is the furthest north that the wagon has ever travelled.