The International Steam Pages
Banbury Steam Rally, (24th - 25th, June 2017)
This is one of a series of pages which I have uploaded to illustrate facets of steam rallies we have attended in the UK. Such events occur all over the country in the summer months, they are easily found by using your favourite search engine and may have anything between a handful of steam engines and hundreds (as at the Great Dorset Steam Fair which could probably be fairly described as having an excess of riches). Click here for the overall index for 2017.
Someone must have read what I wrote last year which was "Bloxham is now no more than a medium sized event and arguably the steam engines are no longer the prime attraction. Compared to our first visit in 2014 there were fewer present and not a single showman's engine which is what ordinary punters traditionally drool over." There were significantly more steam engines this year including showman's engines, in fact back to the 2014 levels. On the other hand, Yuehong said she felt that the 'trade' area was continuing to shrink which represents a serious loss of revenue to balance the books. We attended just the morning session on the Saturday as we were heading for the steam event in Leicester, so we saw little or no movement. Hence I would also hesitate to speculate on attendance on what was a bright but quite cloudy day, good conditions for the punters and rewarding for the patient photographer! In terms of 'working engines' there were three saw benches and the Barrow's portable was on a band saw.
Details below are from my previous visits and also David Collidge's Steam Scenes site http://www.steamscenes.org.uk/ which continues to be the most reliable source of information. I didn't bother with a programme but I noted there were 32 pegs marked out although 4 engines were elsewhere on the showground.
Rob and Yuehong Dickinson