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On the Road to Dorset!

On my travels with the engines going to Dorset.

Fowler T3 Steam Roller


Built 1923 Wks Number 15964 Reg number WY 7912 4-hp  8-ton compound. 


This roller spent most of its working life in Yorkshire, originally a tar sprayer, working for Guisley Aireborough District Council .


Finishing its working life in 1964 it was purchased by the owners late father.  The roller has had several restorations since, which are ongoing, despite its immaculate appearance.  The engine takes part in many road run events around the area.


2013 saw it make another visit from its Swindon base, on the road, to The Great Dorset Steam Fair over two days to particiapte in the world record attempt.  This in itself is a hard job being equipped with metal rollers rather than rubber tyres so the driving was tackled with relief crews travelling with it.

Rushton Proctor Steam Tractor


Wks Number 30472.  A full size replica of one of 3 single cylinder tractors made in 1906.  This engine was built from original works drawings over a 14 year period.


All three original engines were scrapped, although a later built compound version survives.  This engine travelled with Independence to GDSF.  


Built 1910 Number 28410 - Reg No 1186 



The engine was supplied new to an East Anglian Agricultural contractor.  It spent all its working life in Essex and Suffolk and was semi retired in 1948, 



Mercury has had several owners until purchased by its present owner in 1985.  The engine  attends almost all its rallies, under its own steam and its nothing for it to travel over 300 miles in a season.


I had the pleasure of travelling with it to GDSF 2017.

Cornwall to Dorset by Steam

'Clinker's Challenge' - 2015

Burrell 7NHP Road Loco AH 5317 - Clinker, made the Cornwall to Dorset journey by road, raising funds for Cancer Research UK.
Great Dorset Steam Fair Managing Direction Martin Oliver, was in full support of the challenge providing all the coal needed for the journey.  Other supporters of the challenge were The Cornish Fishmonger and The National Traction Engine Trust. 
On arrival at the steam fair on the Saturday afternoon Radio  2's Johnnie Walker steered the engine into the showground.  The journey used approximately 80 bags of coal, all hand shovelled, and around 14,000 litres of water.
£10,322.00 was raised in total.

Wisbech to Dorset by Steam

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th August, 2014

The 1927 Foster showman’s tractor No 14589 Lord of the Isles took  the 200 mile journey from Wisbech to the Great Dorset Steam Fair by road.


The crew were raising money for Myeloma UK. Myeloma is the second most common form of bone marrow cancer, with approximately 4,700 people diagnosed with the disease every year.  The charity was chosen by the owner as his grandfather, the former owner of the Foster lost his battle to the disease in February 2007.

Martin Oliver, Managing Director and Show Organiser of the Great Dorset Steam Fair put £1000 towards the charity collection which gave the fundraising a great start. Martin also agreed to be the main sponsor.


Despite losing a day, with what was almost, a very serious break of the vital steam gear, the engine was repaired and continued to finish the run almost on time.  I was able to record its last day of the journey, as the engine travelled along with Verity, the engine that makes the Hungerford to GDSF journey every year.

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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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