GDSF - 2019

Theme - The City of Lincoln Engines

GDSF - The Build Up Continues - 15.08.19

A few bits of logistic information for GDSF.

There are several large corn ricks, built on site in the work areas, using the 23,000 sheaves or stooks of corn grown and harvested on site using a binder.

Large timber trunks for the work areas to turn into useable timber, there is no waste here as all the benches, picnic tables and lengths of timber are used on items  on site.


The beer etc has arrived for the real ale tent, cider bars and the Michael Oliver Marquee.

Event Fire & Safety at the Steam Fair is provided by an impressive arrange of vehicles provided by Sharp Fire & Safety.

There are hundreds of portable toilets, wheelie bins, portable generators and lighting units being installed.

Massive water storage bags, distribution pumps and stand pipes at various locations.

Under the watchful eye of Megan the Guard Dog, the Ken Fox and Family Wall of Death is being constructed.  Speaking to Ken, he was glad of the rain, as the top of the Wall of Death was not completed on the inner timbers due to excessive wind speed and apparently the rain is good for the timbers.

There will be a lot of Fair Ground rides and equipment arriving after Sunday, as the rides are still working at sites all over the country.

Fairs often work through the weekend and move traditionally on a Tuesday, then they move to the site through the night quite often  before setting up at the next venue.


WW2 Area in Progress - 13.08.19

WW2 Tarrant Rushton Control Tower found in scrapyard - 13.08.19

Amazing find, the Control Tower from Tarrant Rushton WW2 D Day airfield found recently in a Dorset scrapyard, will be on display at the Great Dorset steam fair, although an update does state that the rescued Glass Visual control room is not from the WW2 period,  but apparently was a Post War addition, possibly from 1951.



11/43, 298 Sqn formed here with Halifax towing tugs for Horsa gliders. 03/44, 644 Squadron formed here. 190, 196 and 620 Squadrons used the airfield for SOE supply drops in France. Horsa and Hamilcar gliders towed from here on D-Day and again during Market Garden. Sqns requipped with Halifax IIIs again on SOE drops in Europe and then glider towing during the Rhine crossing. 

Postwar 298 Squadron went to the Far East and 644 to the Middle East.

11/45 to 09/46, 190, 295, 644, Sqnuadrons here, airfield then on care and maintenance.

06/48 to 1980, Flight Refuelling Ltd moved here from Ford, refuelling and servicing aircraft.

08/52 to 06/54, 210 AFS formed here training with Meteors. The RAF later extended the airfield as a V-bomber standby base but it was never used.

Information courtesy of:

The RAF later extended the airfield as a V-bomber standby base but it was never used.

Jon & Kate Littlechild - Portable 10 ¼" Gauge Steam Railway 


1960s - Started in 10 5/8”gauge by Lewis Scrimshaw, Radcliffe on Trent 1971.  Sold to Michael Crofts, Theberton, Suffolk.
1974 - Sold to Landscape Entertainments Ltd, Ipswich. 
1976 - Sold to H Reynolds, Southampton and regauged to 10¼”gauge.
1984 - Sold to Gratton Model Engineering, 39 Whitaker St, Derby.
2006 - Sold to Stuart Ravell, Watermills Farm, Kirkby Green, Lincs.
2010 - Sold to present owner, Jon Littlechild, Somersham, Cambs.  The loco has had much boiler work, the frames have been lengthened, new smokebox, buffer beams and a tender fabricated as there was not one with the loco.  More recently the wheels have been re tyred and the valve gear significantly improved.


Although Mr Scrimshaw's idea of a LNER V2 class, she is more realistically described as a freelance model with rather a lot of LNER styling and features, ignoring the Great Western chimney top! 

Starlight has made a couple of appearances at Ingfield, however, she is more used to Jon & Kates's portable track which is exhibited at Steam Rallies and events throughout East Anglia and sometimes further afield, including visits to The Great Dorset Steam Fair.


2018 saw Starlight running until 10pm in the dark and on the last day  of the event, when the ground conditions were too wet, for normal engine movement.


Starlight is having a rest this year, therefore, Jon is running  Sir Percival.  Sir Percival was laid up for many years and Jon has been given the opportunity to give Sir Percival some outings.


Sir Percival was at the  Vintage and Country Extravaganza in South Cerney.  No.30772 Sir Percival. The ‘King Arthurs’ Class, if not sleekly handsome, were certainly purposeful in appearance.


The King Arthur’s Class Loco’s were named after medieval knight’s etc, very few are still in steam.


Information courtesy of

Ian & Mark Kendall

Update - 09.08.19

I believe Ian Kendall  said he and his son Mark had clocked up 80 years between them on the event.  They are both Section Leaders, Ian in the trade stall area and Mark in the auto jumble. 

No one is allowed on the site until they have passed the check post, at Dereks garden and shed, every year they put on a wonderful display here. 

The grass areas are looking amazing after a trim, far from the way they had been left looking after the event last year following the traffic of hundreds of engines, vehicles and people. 

The ground here does recover very quickly and the farmer puts in a lot of work, along with the GDSF staff who install all the infrastructure to make it look good for the public.

The work officially started on the site preparations on Monday and already things are moving along quite fast. 

However the 23, 000 sheaves of corn, cut with a binder on site started a few weeks ago and the ricks are now being created ready for threshing in the work area.


Installation of Telecommunications Towers - These personnel are installing the three telecommunications towers on site.


23.07.19 - Update

WW2 French town bomb site, to be and under the WW1 site. 


I also spent the day with the crew harvesting wheat for threshing at GDSF 2019.

Poster courtesy of GDSF Facebook 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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