We have heard from S.T.E.S that they have had to take the difficult decision to cancel the 2012 rally.
It is with regret that the committee of the Scottish Traction engine Society have to announce the cancellation of Steam in the Park on 12th and 13th May, which was to be held at Perth Airport, Scone.
This is due to the initially agreed site size being reduced, at very short notice by 2/3, leaving us with an area too small and unworkable for health and safety reasons.
We have tried extremely hard to find an alternative site for this years event, but have been unable to find a site at an affordable ground rent, so it is with great regret and sadness that we have been left with no choice but to cancel the event.
We would like to thank you all for your support over the past 12 years, it has been greatly appreciated.
We have added all the forms for entries to our Castle Fraser Rally later in the year to our Rally page. There are forms for Exhibitors, Tradestands, and Camping Reservations, visit the page to download the forms now.
The Low family recently took delivery of a new engine, here are a few words by Jim Low
The Low’s New Engine
Tasker B2 Chain Drive, Three Speed, Convertible Steam Tractor (No.1911)
The engine with side tipping wagon came new to Aberdeenshire Council in 1924, delivered to the main council depot at Turriff, it then was sent to Balmedie quarry from where it worked for most of its working life, finally ending up on Deeside working from the council’s Aboyne depot.
Bill McConachie’s father Willie, purchased the engine from the council in 1945, after Willie McConachie passed away, the engine was passed down to Bill in 1981.
The engine, along with the wagon and a living van, are now with Jim Low and family at Oldmeldrum, they were picked-up from Tullynessle by Alford on Saturday 17th September 2011, by Kenny Cheyne with brother Alfie’s trailer, the ideal tool for the job as it held all three at the same time, they are now housed in a purpose-built shed at Oldmeldrum.
Although the engine has not had many outings over the past ten year’s or so, the boiler certification has been maintained continuously. The boiler had a new firebox fitted in 1995, and at that time the engine was completely stripped down by Bill McConachie, with the use of an overhead crane in the former the Inverurie Loco Works. It was then cleaned-up, re-painted and put back together again. This makes it the last steam engine to leave the loco works!……before they were demolished to make way for Tesco’s new store.
Some of the paintwork is now showing a bit of tiredness, so will be gone over again and tidied up.
Army tank track rubber wheels have been purchased, enough to provide a complete replacement set of rubbers for all four wheels. These will have to be cut and opened out to the correct diameters, then welded in place on the wheels.
The boiler cladding will be replaced at some point, and water tanks internally coated to slow down further corrosion. Some of the pipework is in need of attention and replacement and all the valves and fittings will be checked and refurbished as necessary, to make sure they are in good working order.
Once all this has been done, we look forward to seeing the engine out on the road and attending some events again.
“Preservation of Steam in the North East of Scotland”
The Bon Accord Steam Engine Club Ltd
Company No. SC278506.
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