Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Day in Steam Heaven

Following on the theme of steam, I found a Steam Fair for us to go to in Fairford, not too far from where we were staying.  We've always wanted to go to one, but they've either been too far away or on dates when we weren't in England.  So we were giddy when we found this one.
We got there early to avoid crowds and because it was going to be a hot day, yes hot, 82º which is quite hot for England.
 The first thing we saw were miniature steam vehicles, I want one!

There were lovely big shire horses, though they did no ploughing

A Falconry display

A Steam Calliope

Steam-powered Sheep Shearer

Steam Plow

Steam Engine, there were two, one on each side of the field and a plow was pulled between them.  The line was on a pulley underneath the engine.  It was fascinating to watch.  Mac has read many books where this was described, but this was the first time he ever got to see it in action.

If you enlarge the picture you can see the pulley under the engine.  Love his outfit.

The BIG Steam Engines

Aren't they wonderful!

This was an old steam tractor

There were loads of vintage cars, but I was strictly after steam.  The day got hotter, the yellow jackets thicker and soon it was time for us to leave and go in search of lunch.  A perfect day.


  1. Steam fairs are such fun aren't they? It's a few years since I last went to one. This looks a particularly good fair too.

  2. This looks like a great steam engine show! There has been a steam era show in Milton Ontario for many years. I took my dad a couple of years ago, and he really enjoyed it. I love the sounds of all the engines puttering along, and the smell of wood smoke too! Glad you were able to visit one during your travels.

  3. I've been to steam fairs; it's been a long time. The machinery is as awesome as the current vintage.

  4. We like looking at steam powered engines too! What a fun day for you! :)

  5. I love steam engines too, especially the big traction engines, they are wonderful pieces of engineering aren't they! Sounds as though you really enjoyed it!! xx


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