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.


New Website Launch

We are go! The new website was successfully launched today with a great deal of work behind the scenes to get it ready. With lots of new features, we are delighted with the end result, and hopefully our members are too.

Modern Website

Now viewable on mobile phones and tablets, it should be much more accessible, and our online shop will help us sell our merchandise.

We should be able to add new features over the coming months, with lots of ideas already how we can add to the new site. We are sure you will like it as much as we do. So have a look around and see what you think. The all important Steam Fair pages are still there, with the addition of helpful FAQs for both Visitors and Exhibitors.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact us using the Contact form, or alternatively email

Steam Fair 2018 Forms Deadline

Deadline for entry forms to be submitted to the Bon Accord Steam Engine Club is fast approaching!

A reminder to all exhibitors that the deadline for entries to this year’s Steam Fair on 16th/17th of June is Saturday 19th May.

If you would like to enter your Steam Engine (full size or miniature), Vintage vehicle, or something from one of our other categories, please ensure your forms are with us by this date.

AGM 2017

Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 27th November 2017 at the Broadstraik Inn, Elrick at 7.30pm. The Agenda will be added when available.

Current committee members have confirmed their willingness to continue. New committee members would be warmly welcomed. All Members, Co-opted Volunteers for the Fair and other interested supporters are welcome to attend the AGM.

Nominations for committee members should be sent to the Secretary by Friday 17th November.

AGM – Agenda & nomination form (pdf)

All members welcome but please let our Secretary know if you will be attending – tel. 01467 642472 or

Jock Coutts – Obituary

The Bon Accord Steam Engine Club are sad to announce that long-standing member and supporter of the club, Jock Coutts passed away peacefully at Tor-Na-Dee Care Home on Friday October 13th 2017.

Service in Baldarroch Crematorium, Crathes on Monday, October 23rd at 2:30 pm to which all are respectfully invited. Family flowers only, but donations if desired at the exit door to the Forget Me Not Club.

Our condolences and thoughts are with the Coutts family at this time.

Steam @ Alford 2017

GTM Sentinel being towed

Following on from the success of the Steam@Alford event that was held at the Grampian Transport Museum last October, the Bon Accord Steam Engine Club and Grampian Transport Museum have teamed up again to stage Steam@Alford on Sunday 8th October 2017.

Around 20 locally based steam engines will attend for demonstrations and display in the museum arena. The museum’s policy of maximum access will extend to the event with a chance to talk to enthusiastic owners, climb aboard, footplate rides and rides aboard the world’s oldest operational Sentinel steam waggon.

There will be a talk delivered in front of the grandstand to explain the workings of a traction engine and followed by a Q&A session.

During the afternoon a number of trials and demonstrations will be staged with expert commentary.

Heilan Laddie

The oldest engine is ‘Prosper Gem’ a General Purpose Engine that was built by Fowlers of Leeds dating from 1908. There are several steam waggons including The Barracks Steam Museum’s Foden of 1924 and known as ‘Heilan Laddie’. This popular local vehicle has travelled far and wide under its own steam to events throughout Britain.

Steam rollers are well represented and a curious hybrid known as the ‘Puddock’ returns to the traction engine scene after a major refit. This engine began life as a steam roller but was adapted many years ago into a powerful steam tractor sporting pneumatic tyres.

The day will have plenty to do and see for the whole family including ample refreshments, a massive heavy haulage inflatable and a models tent. There is even to be a water dowsing demonstration!

Gavin Low on 'Alfie'

Steam @ Alford opens at 10am with steam raising until 11am and activities thereafter. The museum itself is included in the single budget admission fee of just £8 for Adults and just £1 for children. Free car parking can be found on site by following temporary signs.