Steaming on the Road  

The Barker Family


My welcome page mentions that, following an unplanned meeting with Mr Nick Barker, my trusted camera has never been far from my side,  in addition you would not be reading this or seeing the pictures on this website.  So Mr Barker as I have told you many times, 'It's all your fault, look what you have started -  Thank you'.


Nick Barker & Daughters are the owners of Verity and Nick with Bother Nigel Barker own Defiance.


In 2016 Nick told me that he has travelled to GDSF on the road for 25 years,  that is an amazing record and I have been fortunate to be with them and at other events for many years. 


2016 was also the year Nick toured London with 99 year old Verity, to include trips over Tower Bridge.  This was another series of fantastic journeys I was able to cover with the team Barker boys and crew.

Garrett 4nhp Showman’s Tractor No 33347 (Verity) Built 1918 Reg Number CE 8250 


Supplied new to the Ministry of munitions.  It is understood that the engine then passed through owners in Suffolk and Buckinghamshire before being acquired by Bryant and May in 1928. It worked for them as a timber tractor until 1948.


The engine had a spell in Ireland before being acquired by Ray Loader of Somerset in 1981 and was then converted to Showman’s specification.

Purchased by the present owners in 2000 from Tony Harman of Surrey and refurbished.

It has frequently visited the Dorset Steam Fair, where it is displayed in front of the Old Time Show of Joby Carter’s Freak show.

In  2016 the engine also toured London with the Carters Steam Fair

The engine is now undergoing some boiler and firebox work and should be back on the road in early 2019.


Owned by Nick Barker and Daughters of Hungerford.

Defiance Burrell Gold Medal Tractor No.3458 
Built by Charles Burrell & Sons in 1913 for C. Jones of Tetbury Glos. 

The engine was saved for preservation from Goodeys scrap yard in Twyford in 1956 by Peter Barker and remains in the family today.
The engine is owned by Nick & Nigel Barker and has just returned to the steam rally circuit following extensive boiler work.

One photograph above taken in 2013 shows Defiance at her 100 year birthday party. 

If you have any queries or wish to purchase a photograph, please contact me:


+44 7831237759


If you wish to send a donation to the Alzheimer's Society, you can now click on the link on the Alzheimer's Society page.

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  • Eleanor firmstone (Thursday, January 23 20 09:20 am GMT)

    Hi, do you have any information on the steam roller ru7342. We now own the roller and wondered what year this was taken.
    Thanks Eleanor

  • Sarah Mitchell (Wednesday, September 11 19 10:31 pm BST)

    Hi there is a wonderful picture you took of a dear friend of mine on his journey to the gdsf this year. It is in the western daily press dated 22/08/19 Carl Brown roading the Marshall to gdsf. I cannot locate this picture on any website to purchase and was hoping i could purchase through yourself many thanks Sarah

  • John Baines (Friday, April 05 19 03:45 pm BST)

    Have you any photogaphs of James & Crockerills yard in Durrington? Their MD Peter Barber owned the Burrell Scenic Road loco 'Prince of Wales@ and other engines including Burrell roller 'Daffodil'

  • Zoe Read (Saturday, March 02 19 07:08 pm GMT)

    I see you already have dates for this one but I wondered if you would consider adding Purbeck Rally to your event list?
    9th -11th August
    worgret road, wareham, dorset, BH20 6AB
    Raising funds for Forest Holme Hospice Charity & other local causes.

  • Andrew Gray (Wednesday, February 20 19 07:55 pm GMT)

    Is that Mr Dimmer and the train made at Durrington Sec Modern, I started there 1963 and left 1968. Mr Dimmer (Regg) was such a great teacher. Wonderful set of images to treasure. p.s we met today at the Boscombe Down Tornado fly past.

  • Jamie (Saturday, September 01 18 01:39 am BST)


    I am Jamie. One of the coalomen from last weeks steam fair. I know you mentioned taking lots of photos of us and it would be lovely to see them. Please get back to me when you can with prices ect i will most certainly purchase a few! In the meantime i will admire wgat you have on your page here already, hope you enjoyed the show! Speak soon


  • Don Russell (Friday, August 17 18 08:51 am BST)

    Hullo, found your site when looking for GDSF info. I was wondering if you had any information regarding engines travelling to the GDSF. I read engines will be raising money for cancer on there journey but I cannot find any info regarding route and timings.Thanks

  • Brian Moore (Saturday, August 04 18 12:40 pm BST)

    Thanks David: Brian

  • Peter Freeman (Thursday, May 10 18 09:56 pm BST)

    Fantastic site, easy to read and great pics! Keep up the good work.

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