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.

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!

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.

Portly Portable is coming to the steam fair!

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.

Castle Fraser

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!

A new visitor to the 2018 Steam Fair

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.