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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!

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!

 

 

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!

Road Works at Steam@Alford

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.

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.

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!