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Harewood Steam Fair (2nd - 3rd September, 2017)

This is one of a series of pages I have uploaded to illustrate facets of the steam rallies we have attended in the UK. Click here for the 2017 introduction and overall index.


Leeds and District Traction Engine Club held its last rally in the grounds of Harewood House in 2010. More recently it has been revived by the same people who run the events we have attended at Astle Park (2015 and 2017), Ashley Hall (2015) and Whitby (2017), so we knew what to expect, indeed half the engines here had also been at Whitby a month earlier. To be honest, the attractions of the 'big house' were at least as important in bringing us here although I did hope to find a couple of local engines which were not great travellers. The location is excellent, the weather was kind on the Saturday and I am told that the attendance was better than Whitby, but being a larger site here, they were much more spread out and the atmosphere maybe not as good. Sunday was rather overcast and there was a bit of a breeze which from what we could see as we drove past back from the house seemed to have resulted in a smaller turnout, certainly there were plenty of spaces around the arena for the first grand parade at midday whereas on the first day there were none.. 

There were some 30 engines present, as far as I could see nearly all were relatively local. There were none of the stage shows we had seen at Whitby and overall I felt that the fair had been put on with a tight budget, no doubt the fact that the 2016 fair had been adversely affected by the weather may have been relevant. Anyway, I got a cracking set of pictures, there was time to glean some snippets from various owners and the good news for us is that because of this event, there were no coach parties booked for Harewood House!

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