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Marcle Steam Rally (22nd - 23rd, July 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.

Marcle was our first rally when we came to the UK and it is also our 'home' event. It is very traditional, the health and safety mafia are kept away and the stewards allow sensible movement but ensure the public and engines are kept at a respectable distance when necessary. Unlike other rallies, there are no ring events except those involving the exhibits, in this respect it could possibly be more 'family friendly' although it must mean they run a tight ship financially.

I attended on Saturday after an inch of rain had fallen in the previous 24 hours. This left the surface vulnerable to cutting up although the underlying ground was quite dry, there was no thought of holding the traditional grand parade. We had a sunny spell in the late morning and again after light rain in the early afternoon. I left as the clouds gathered again. There were slightly fewer engines than in 2016, I was told that at least one had been advised very late on not to attend because of anticipated problems entering the show ground owing to the heavy rain.

Engine details are by observation backed up by David Collidge's Steam Scenes site which has consistently proved to be the most reliable source of information.

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