General Purpose Steam Traction Engine
Engine Number 3665, BP 6141,
Built in 1915, 6 NHP, Single crank Compound.
John Miles who usually crews with John White on BP 6141, is an Engineer and Train Driver at the Avon Valley Railway.
Percy Hinder a Recyling Depot owner also crews on BP 6141. Percy is often seen out driving different engines during the summer. I first met Percy at an overnight stop, when a birthday cake was produced and we all celebrated Percy's birthday. Percy's birthday always seems to fall during the trip to Dorset, therefore, he gets ribbed about that. I did attend his Birthday party at GDSF in 2017 and we had to have the Fire service in attendance, when the candles on the cake were lit!!
Percy of course is also famous and tries to claim royalties for every photograph he appears in. (No chance Percy!!) He made an appearnce in the TV Series The Hairy Bikers: Restoration Road Trip, driving a steam engine and Percy was the one seen holding the jug of home made cider!
There are normally 6 crew per engine and other crew members include a Medic and a Gamekeeper. There seems to be no shortage of people to crew the engines, get involved and their occupations and ages are varied.
Travelling to GDSF
It is estimated that an average of three quarters of a ton of coal will be consumed by each of the engines on the way to Dorset from the Gloucester base on a journey of 86 miles. They will also convert 2,000 Gallons each of water into steam during the run.
The present owner John White has re-tubed and hydraulic tested the engine, the original boiler was found to be in near perfect condition with a minimal of corrosion. It has been driven to many events including several Dorset Steam Fairs in convoy with Johns other engines.
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