The International Steam Pages

St. Albans Steam and Country Show (1st - 2nd June, 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.

This was a new rally for us, possibly it's the nearest significant one to London being just outside the M25. Fortunately, Saturday's traffic on the M40 and M25 was quite light compared to weekdays and we had a generally sunny day. The site (Oaklands College) is compact but the other attractions (miniatures, cars, commercials, trade stands etc) were much fewer than usual and full sized steam dominated the show. I had seen the list of engines for 2017 and knew what to expect; it is only 30 miles from the site of the former Old Warden Steam Rally, most of the engines would have been seen there over my five visits. In the event there were a couple of new (local) rollers and two general engines making an appearance on the circuit after some time away, so there was satisfactory novelty. With just over 30 full sized steam road engines on display, I was more than satisfied photographically and as the clouds built up in the afternoon, we were able to slip away before 16.00 and take a leisurely run home down the A41 and into Cotswolds 

I don't feature miniature engines on these pages, basically I have enough trouble getting acceptable pictures of the full size engines, but this one caught my eye. It's described in the programme as a 'Foster self-moving portable engine'. The following is a summary of what is in this link, - "A most unusual engine based on a portable of which a few were built by William Foster & Co. Ltd in 1901. It is chain driven and has one road speed. It is called a rope hauling engine, a rope is taken off the bottom of the winding drum, round the pulley under the belly tank, and out of the right-hand side, similar to a ploughing engine." So it's a portable engine that can move itself instead of needing horses, but traction engine it is not.

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General Engines

All the Rest

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

Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson