The International Steam Pages

Whitby Traction Engine Rally (August 4th - 6th, 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.

Whitby is a new arrival on the scene, run by the same people as Astle Park and Ashley Hall which we visited in 2015, so we knew what to expect. To be honest, the attractions of the North Yorkshire Moors and Whitby were at least as important in bringing us here. There were some teething troubles - the council refused to let them open the car park before opening time, there was no programme and the bar was inadequate. However, the location next to Whitby Abbey was splendid, the show ran well, the atmosphere was great and the place was packed, many punters having walked up the 199 steps from the old town below. They are clearly on a winner here, albeit the site is quite small which will make scaling it up difficult.

There were some 30 engines present, a good mixture of local engines supplemented by a significant part of the Saunders collection. Their stage shows and those from the Scarborough Fair organisation were well attended and appreciated. We had sunshine and showers through Saturday and left at 16.00 just as a particularly heavy downpour started. The picture below shows a Tuby reunion, a Scammel tractor and Burrell Showman's engine 'ex-Mayor' outside a Tuby owned hostelry on the quayside in Whitby.

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General Engines

All the Rest

Fairground Steam

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

Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson