The International Steam Pages
Speech House Vintage Show, (9th September, 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.
After my 2015 visit I wrote "This is a relatively new event, in terms of steam it's not so much a small rally as a mini one, being mainly internal combustion orientated and without space for maybe more than half a dozen steam road engines. The venue is splendid, the grounds beside the historic Speech House in the heart of the Forest of Dean and with it being a one day event there is no room for error with the weather."
2017 had seen a similar show which was highlighted by the return to public view of the small Trotter steam roller and the 2018 show was near identical - with the addition of a steam powered saw bench. Now having my own 4 wheel transport I was able to follow some of the engines on the way to and from the show which obviously was much more fun than watching them sitting boiling water. This was my three road stars on arrival on the Saturday, hence the absence of punters.
Earlier in the afternoon I had enjoyed a minute or so of ecstasy as they climbed the hill out of Parkend. Click this link https://youtu.be/XY0rX54mVSE or the picture to see a short YouTube video clip. There is a second longer clip available which includes the first one - https://youtu.be/0fxSjTalJ0c.
As in 2017, the small roller was able to amble around the show site in a way that was out of the question for her big sisters.
If you like this sort of thing then try David Collidge's Steam Scenes http://www.steamscenes.org.uk/
Rob and Yuehong Dickinson