The International Steam Pages

Steam Plough Club 'Hands-On' (1st - 2nd September 2018)

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 2018 introduction and overall index.

Any organisation concerned with the preservation of steam age machinery knows that it has to mount regular education exercises to ensure that the necessary skills are passed to a younger generation and therebymaintained. For the Steam Plough Club, this takes the form of regular 'Hands-On' events which allows beginners to get started; for fairly obvious reasons, these events are neither advertised nor open to the general public. Non-participating members of the club are naturally welcome to attend as observers and this we did on the Sunday afternoon at a farm on the Leicestershire/Rutland border. Steam ploughers at rallies have to contend with ground which is rarely ideal, but on this occasion the Nourish family had made available a field which must have been near perfect.

The six engines present were all facing north as the land rose slightly in that direction, so they were best photographed conventionally in the late afternoon as the weekend came to a close. On the hill behind is the magnificently appointed farmhouse of the hosts.

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Basic Equpment

Steam at Work

I had my own brief place in the sun, as I had brought along a spare copy of the classic book 'Ploughing with Steam' by Haining and Tyler which I wanted to pass on to a suitable young enthusiast. The organiser immediately nominated 18 year old Ruben Van Opstal from Belgium. Together with his father Noach (in thumbnail above) and Gijs Koolen they had made the long trip for an experience which is unavailable back home.

David Collidge's Steam Scenes website ( is a fount of information and was a great help in compiling these pages.

Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson