Banning vintage from our cities? We say no way!

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.

Listen online!

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

And why not follow them on Facebook at

On the radio

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.

If you are interesting in learning more about the great work the volunteers at the radio do to support our patients you can find out more on their website at or their Facebook page at

Here is a photo from a few members of the committee taking part last year.

Ladies of Steam

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!

Entry forms now available!

We are pleased to announce that our online entry forms for our 2019 Steam Fair are now available!

  • Exhibitor entry form
  • Trade stand application form
  • Camping registration

Head over to our steam fair information page to submit your application online now:

As part of our ongoing commitment to keep costs of running our events to a minimum and to support protection of the environment, we have stopped all paper invitation by post.

Please help us spread the word and share our flyer below, we look forward to welcoming you all to our 49th annual event at Castle Fraser.

Castle Fraser 2019

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2019.

We are excited to announce our Castle Fraser Steam and Vintage Fair dates for 2019. Our 49th year has been confirmed and we are well under way with planning.

You can find more information over at our steam fair page.



Online entry forms are coming soon, make sure to check back and we’ll let you know when they’re open!

Annual General Meeting

Club members are now invited to attend our Annual General Meeting. We hope to see you all there!

The AGM is your chance to have your say on club matters and take part in the election of the club committee for the next year.

You can also renew your membership for the next year on the day.

Agenda to follow.

Fresh merchandise in stock now!

Head over to our online shop page here to get your hands on our latest merchandise. We have a whole range of items and clothing sizes now in stock for both adults and children.

We’ve even got some exciting new items added to our collection. Not one but two different colours of beanie hats and cosy mid layer fleeces to keep you warm while working in the shed over winter! Keep checking back and we’ll let you know when these are available to order!



One of the last

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.