Strumpshaw Steam Engine Rally 2007

This years Rally started well with a reasonable Saturday with the odd shower but at around 10am on Sunday the heavens opened and it rained non stop for the whole of Sunday and Monday and whilst the Rally stayed open, most Stationary Engine Exhibitors left on Monday morning.

The show was, well attended by the public on Saturday however with a new layout in the “Playpen” I thought it was more difficult for the public to find us but it did make better use of the area than in past years. Once again there was a wide variety of Stationary engines with a lot in "working clothes" which perhaps gave the public more idea of how they would have looked in their working environment.

The Museum is still a good attraction for  the public with Organ recitals and Winston the Farmer providing the entertainment which was well supported in the rain.

NOW THE BAD NEWS..........I do not normally do a picture taking run on Saturday as some new engines often turn up on Sunday but of course the weather meant that a lot of engines stayed under sheets and I was not keen on taking pictures in the rain. THE GOOD NEWS is that a lot of the engines made an appearance at Woolpit the following weekend so they can be viewed in that report.

I took the little Canon Ixus out on Saturday night and took some (not very well composed) Steam pictures, a few are below.

1913 Fowler Showmans Engine "Girlie" Another picture of "Girlie" 1925 Burrell Scenic Engine "Ex Mayor" 1925 Burrell Scenic Engine "Ex Mayor"
This is a 1913 Fowler Showmans Engine "Girlie" owned by Doctor and Mrs Marchington from Suffolk. And another picture of "Girlie" This is a 1925 Burrell Scenic Engine "Ex Mayor" owned by N Underwood from Essex. And another shot, this time without flash...Hmm

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