The International Steam Pages

Shrewsbury Steam Rally (25th - 26th August, 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.

Shrewsbury 2017 had been blessed with fine weather and extended sunny spells which not only attracted visitors in large numbers but allowed me to get a comprehensive record of stills and a YouTube clip ( which must be the best 'free' publicity the rally has ever had as it has now totaled over 1 million views. We attended Great Dorset in 2018 and 2019 and this restricted us to a single day here, we were once again their guests and were able to drive in and out without delay. We left home at 06.15 and were back 12 hours later, a very long day's work.

Without us, Sunday had been gloriously sunny and very hot, Monday started misty with low cloud and the sun did not come out until just after midday which meant I had less than 4 hours for my photography. This was more than enough for static photography, but hopelessly inadequate for the working area.

Shrewsbury is perhaps the most conservative of the rallies we attend. It's the 7th we have been to and the only thing that has changed since 2013 is that the saw benches have moved 50 metres to a more suitable area. However, looking carefully at the steam exhibits this year, there were many engines (over 20) which I had not seen at the rally before, which I believe to be a healthy sign and a lot of work must have gone in behind the scenes. This included 6 showman's engines which served to revitalise that section, not easy when GDSF is running in parallel.

For most the highlight of the show will have been the appearance of the near finished Fowler road locomotive Talisman, there was only ever going to be one winner of the annual Challenge Trophy.

Please bear in mind that in the last 10 days, I have spent 5 full days at rallies with associated 600 miles driving, not to mention treating Yuehong to 5 National Trust 'Houses and Gardens'. The garden has suffered lack of attention and it may be that there are rather more glitches in this report than usual. Still, I have a blank diary for the next 10 days and hope to get the GDSF report compiled in that period.

Choose the page you are interested in and within that, click on a thumbnail for a larger image. Then click again to return to the page.

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

Rollers Steam Wagons General Engines, Part 1
General Engines, Part 2 Other Engines Working Steam

Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson