Steaming on the Road

Photograph courtesy of Colin Hatch

The Hatch Brothers 


Colin Hatch with his Brother Ian run Hatch Heritage and Steam Engineering based in Swindon. 


Brothers Colin and Ian are some of the men who know steam engines inside out.  Having rebuilt many boilers and fireboxes for steam traction engines and railway engines.  They have also manufactured various parts in their time and been involved with many steam railway and traction engine rebuilds.  The Brothers are always willing to show you how anything works if you are not sure. 


Colin and Ian are both great practical jokers as I have found to my cost many times, but all good harmless fun and usually I manage to get my own back!


Hatch Steam Engineers have recently been signed up with the Boiler & Engineering Skills Training Trust, (BESTT) a £469,000 Lottery funded organization,  which has been training young engineers in the ‘black art’ of Boiler Making to secure the future of Heritage Steam in the UK.  All Heritage steam boilers from time to time have to go through a major rebuild, to ensure their continued use.  The future of this UK wide industry relies on the skills being passed on. 
Hatch Steam Engineers, together with Swindon Heritage, sponsored the manufacture and (continuing) operation of the replica Swindon Works Hooter at ‘STEAM’ Museum of the GWR, as part of ‘Swindon175’.  Hatch, a partner company with the Swindon University Technical College (UTC) situated in part of the old Works, has hosted work experience for one of the students recently.


Colin, Ian and their team of friends, colleagues and volunteers used to run their own show, known as Strawberries and Steam.  This was like a village fayre and included a road run with many engines.


There were also wonderful country type demonstrations and exhibitions, as well as a full steam working yard to show how steam was used to power equipment.


Colin is Co-owner of Burrell,  General Purpose Engine. Number, 2426. Ted Haggard and I have had the pleasure of travelling with the engine and crew to many rallies.

Burrell, General Purpose Engine.
 Number 2426, Built 1901, Registration BL 4843.
Single Crank Compound.  NHP 6.
Ted Haggard.

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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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