GDSF Charity Trailer Rides

GDSF Cheque Presentation to the Salisbuty Hospital Stars Appeal - 07.10.18

The trailer rides at the Dorset Steam Fair raised a staggering amount of money, £18,512.24 a cheque presentation took place on Sunday 7th October at The Coppleridge Inn at Motcombe.

Martin Oliver presented the cheque on behalf of The Great Dorset Steam Fair, to the Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal Campaign.

This sum included a separate cheque for £500 donated by a person at the steam fair and also Mrs Crane and Mark Fry who exhibits the late Len Cranes engine for Mrs Crane at events, donated their appearance money to the charity.

The GDSF, heavy haulage arena is where engine owners and crews gave their time and engines to provide the rides to raise this sum of money.


One of these engines was still running at 22.00 on the Saturday evening giving rides in the dark, this amazing effort alone raising  £1,000.


Many engines, drivers and volunteers were involved during the Steam Fair giving rides.  

Charity Trailer Rides - 2018

This is a major part of the heavy haulage arena at the GDSF and organised by Richard Pocock and Louise Hall with their band of helpers, who put in very long hours, in the  arena by the commentary box. 

The charity ride engines and trailers were still running around the heavy haulage arena  past 22:00 on Saturday night.

On Monday, despite the flooded arena, attempts were carefully and successfully  carried out, to run engines later in the day with two engines that were fitted with rubber treaded rear wheels.  Ironically both of these being Marshall engines.  In addition, a Marshall roller helped through the night driving, all very carefully and being skilfully operated as they used a route missing the wettest areas. 

Marshall  DD 2077 BUILT 1919 Reg no 71837, New to Coles of Cirencester. Bought by John Plaister in 1959. Now owned by Carl Brown Swindon Wilts.

Marshall  BF 7865  BUILT 1911  Reg no 55924 8NHP Driven and owned  by Chris Lawson and Laura Kimber of Gillngham Dorset.  Built in 1911 for Alfred Shaw of Townsville Australia, it was found in Australia in a caravan park and brought back to the UK for a full restoration taking 7 years.

Marshall Road Roller, 88097 "Toby" - Built in 1937, DAF 499 

These are the main engines used every year to haul one of the Charity ride trailers.  Plus many other engines who volunteer to help out.

Foster 5 NHP General Purpose Engine. No 14638 The Little Gem, Reg Number VL 4777, Built in 1933.  Possibly one of the last Single Cylinder Traction engines Built in the UK, Purchased in 2002 having received major boiler work.  Owned by Richard Pocock Shaftesbury Dorset.


1909 Burrell 6nhp general purpose engine number 3126, owned by Tim Mayhew from Wilton.

Once again we are offering visitors the unique opportunity to experience up close the might and power of the heavy haulage steam traction engines.
Sit back and enjoy a steam powered trailer ride around the show’s magnificent heavy haulage arena, surround yourself in steam, and be part of the living museum, all for the modest fee of £2 per adult £1 per child.
Martin Oliver, Managing Director of the Great Dorset Steam Fair, and all of his team are incredibly proud to support the Stars Appeal - Salisbury District Hospital's Charity in their challenge to raise £1.5million for a second MRI Scanner based at Salisbury.
A second scanner will mean patients can have their MRI scans faster at their local hospital. Cancer, stroke, heart patients and others will benefit from the very latest MRI diagnostic techniques, reducing the need for invasive procedures.
Full steam ahead for the new Scanner! Rides will commence at 10am-6pm daily (weather permitting) 


(Text courtesy of GDSF)

Charity Trailer Rides - 2017


The trailer rides at the Great Dorset Steam Fair raised £16,394.93 for Julia's House (Dorset & Wiltshire Children's Hospices)  the chosen charity for 2017. 


A cheque presentation took place on Sunday 8th October 2018 at The Coppleridge Inn, Motcombe, Martin Oliver presented the cheque on behalf of The Great Dorset Steam Fair, to Julia’s House, along with a separate cheque for £500 donated by a Steam Fair visitor.

The charity trailer rides at the GDSF, take place around the play pen arena, where engine owners and crews give their time and engines to provide the rides.  2017 saw guest driver Joby Carter from Carters Steam Fair, steering Richard Pococks Little Gem, one of the main ride engines.


Of course non of this would be possbile without volunteers and Julia's House had an amazing 73 volunteers!  Please click on link for further information:

Charity Trailer Rides - 2016


The charity trailer rides at the Great Dorset Steam Fair have become a tradition of the show with the visiting public being able to get up close and personal to the big loads and the many engines & activities which take place in the Heavy Haulage Arena.
All monies raised from the rides is allocated to two designated charities on an annual basis.  The 2016 recipients were as follows:
The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance which received £10,266 and the Blandford Opportunity Group who received £3,265.

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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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