WW1 Convoy

WW1 Convoy arrives at GDSF - 16.08.14
A First World War 80ft road train travelled from Bovington to Tarrant Hinton, on Saturday 16thAugust starting at 10.30am.  The load weighed 72 tons and measured 80 feet long. 
The load formed part of a special WW1 display at the event, in tribute to the centenary anniversary of the First World War.
The crew were dressed in British Army uniform from the time and the load was
flanked by several other army vehicles in an attempt to recreate an original WW1 convoy, the likes of which have never been seen after 1919. 
Two McLaren locomotives pulled a Pickfords trailer carrying a 1914 WW1 Holt 75 HP Gun Tractor, which was originally used to tow a field gun.  There was also a steam lorry, a Daimler lorry and a traction wagon.  
After leaving Bovington Tank Museum the convoy travelled to Tout Hill and then to Bere Regis joining the A35 and A31.  The load continued on to the A354, it exited left off the A354 to Blandford, stopping for 45 minutes in the town centre.
When the load turned off left into Blandford it exited the Blandford Bypass at Tescos Roundabout, proceeded past the Badger Brewery, then over the river bridge at Bryanston Gates and along West Street into the Town Centre.   After leaving Blandford it headed onto the A354 towards Pimperne, arriving at GDSF showground and was welcomd onto the site by Martin Oliver and staff.  I was fortunate enough to be on site to take some photographs.
The load was delayed and did not leave Bovington until about Mid day, then on the route to Blandford the lead engine Gigantic had a bearing start to run hot and the convoy was delayed.  Considering the engine had only been rebuilt and restored at midnight and was then transported to the site at 04 00 am, it was amazing that that was the only problem, which shows the skill involved in restoring the engine by its owner.
During the steam fair the WW1 convoy made an appearance in the arena, with all the vehicles that were available lined up for a presentation with photo shoot.  The men behind the plot to put on the WW1 display Martin Oliver, Rowlie Moores and Dave Allen all took a bow and posed for a photo.
The work behind the scenes to make all this work must have been a logistical nightmare.  The outcome and the way it was addressed worked very well, the displays on the show site and around the arena when conditions allowed, were quite spectacular and very moving.

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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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