The International Steam Pages

Castle Howard Steam Fair (25th - 27th May, 2019)

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 2019 introduction and overall index.

At least once every year we try to get 'up north', by which I actually mean 'North Yorkshire'. It's unspoiled England, I've always considered York as a transported small southern city and the countryside beyond is marvellous, it's like parts of rural south-east England must have been 60 or more years ago before it got carpeted with houses and roads. And that's even before you start talk about fish and chips cooked in beef dripping.

However, we are running out of new events to go to, Scampston Hall did the job in 2018 and now Castle Howard afforded us an excuse to travel. The fair was held within sight of the house and gardens and the price of admission allowed us a visit to the latter, the roses of which were some way short of full glory. Outdoor Shows run a tight ship and offer a plain vanilla event to a successful formula, so there was a good mixture of 35 steam road engines, but all were local and familiar. The weather started bright as the engines were getting final preparations but turned cloudy before the first parade (see below), It continued to get greyer and we left early - it  was raining by the time we returned to base near Pickering. Sunday will have been wet and I hope Monday was brighter so that the organisers might have had a chance of breaking even.

This was part of a bank holiday 'double' with Carrington to come, as such we had enjoyed two hours stuck on the M1 after an accident and a visit to the impressive Hardwick Hall which being 2 miles from Junction 29 was the reason we were on it in the first place, it's not my route of choice.

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

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