The International Steam Pages
Camborne Trevithick Day, (28th April, 2018)
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 2018 index.
On the last Saturday of April each year, the good people of Camborne come together to have a giant street party to celebrate the town's most famous son, Richard Trevithick. Naturally steam engines are the centre piece and after being on show during the day, they parade round the town in the afternoon.
As usual, the camera lies, there were at least as many cloudy moments as sunny ones and together with the large crowds, this made photography a little challenging. The vast majority of the engines recorded as can be deduced from the links are based in Cornwall.
We had a wonderful time ambling around soaking up the atmosphere with musicians, dancers and singers all over the place, competing to be more 'Cornish' than the others. The organisers did a wonderful job to bring it all together, while I was naturally disappointed at the amount of litter as the crowds melted away at the end of the day, by 09.00 the next morning the streets had been swept clean - it was a task that would have had to be done anyway and probably cheaper than bringing in more waste receptacles specially.
Replica Trevithick Engine
If you like this sort of thing then try David Collidge's Steam Scenes http://www.steamscenes.org.uk/
Rob and Yuehong Dickinson