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These are perhaps the most impressive of the
steam traction engines.
They are certainly a magnificent sight, particularly at night when generating
These photographs were taken at the Great Dorset Steam Fair at various
times. If you have
never visited the steam fair but are within reach then believe me, it is well
worth a visit. To see the
exhibits properly would take several days, and just a quick look at all the
different areas takes all day.
My friend and I spent several days in our
caravan at the site a few years ago, in order to have a really good
look around and to see it being set up. It is something I will never
forget. We had a fantastic time.
We each had a word and gained permission from "Management" at home and
so off we set.
I must admit to being a little apprehensive - several days in a caravan with
man for company! I needn't have worried as we had such a good time.
We didn't get bored at all and found the whole excursion
very enjoyable indeed.
are several photos and video clips to whet your appetite.
As usual, click on them for a bigger version and then Back to return here.
||This Garrett engine is Princess Mary. These engines
are kept in a beautiful condition, which must take hours and hours of
||Here is a close-up of Burrell engine King George VI in full
generating mode. Note the flat belt driving the 110volt dynamo from
the engine flywheel. Note also the canopy lights in operation.
||This is another Burrell engine, Quo Vadis. Many of
these engines are very well known by those in the steam circles.
||This picture is a close-up showing the rear of the
dynamo. You can see the commutator and brushes through the
open casing. Below are the two meters showing DC volts and
amperage. It's interesting to watch these when an engine is
generating the power for a fairground ride. As the ride starts the
amps increase markedly, and the engine note changes as more power is
needed to meet the demand. Too much light is shining on the meter
glasses here and so we are unable to read them, unfortunately.
||This is a close-up view of the crank shaft on British
Hero. It was taken from the foot plate. I am sometimes lucky
enough to be invited up there for a better look at the engine. They
really are magnificent machines!
||The power for most of the fairground and some other
attractions is supplied by the showman's engines. Here you can see
them all lined up at dusk and in full steam. Note the chimney
extensions that are used when stationary like this.
||Nearly dark now and the steam generated lights begin to
dominate the scene. This is a spectacular sight and being in amongst
it all is quite magical. Although hundreds of people stay for the
evening spectacle I have yet to see any trouble. What is it about
||This shows the view when it's fully dark. It is a wonderful sight at night with all the engines lined
up, in full steam and generating all that power. Note that we have
now changed to wide screen shots. A newer digital camera you see!
||This is Showman's engine British Hero generating electricity
||From dusk the showman's engines come alive at the Great Dorset Steam Fair.
The atmosphere is very difficult to describe, but watching the video will give
you a taster. In 2008 I counted no less than 64 engines, all generating power for the
fairground and other exhibits.
||This clip shows a close-up of "British Hero" after dark,
generating electricity for the fairground rides.