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Carrington Steam Rally (26th - 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.


On the Saturday we had been at Castle Howard and spent the night near Pickering. The weather forecast for Sunday was not good, in fact perfect for travelling south and picking up some Brownie points by visiting a couple of National Trust properties, Belton House near Grantham and Tattershall Castle. Then the sun came out and heading for Boston, we realised we could see the Carrington Rally across the fields. Yuehong said 'Go for it' and we quickly parked up as the show was winding down for the day. It turned out that the majority of the engines present were perfectly positioned...

Next day we had a morning of 'sunny intervals' which I used to fill in the gaps in my record mainly for the engines facing east. Having got my pictures, I waited patiently for the steam ploughing to get going which it did about 12.30. We couldn't wait for the grand parade at 14.00 (it was probably quite cloudy) as we had to head for home, a mere 160 miles away.

With six 'new' engines it was a successful visit by 2019 standards although it should have been more as there were 6 'no shows', 2 of which I had yet to come across. To which should be added the Walkers engine on the gallopers, the first I have knowingly seen although I believe now that we had seen one at Hollycombe in 2014. It was a long way to go for quite a small show, but it was a part of the country we had yet to visit, very different from the Forest of Dean. We could have 'played safe' and gone to Strumpshaw again but I doubt among the 40 odd engines there that we would have found as much novelty.

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Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson

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