The International Steam Pages

Steam Plough Club 'Hands-On' (4th - 5th September 2021)

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 2021 introduction and overall index.

Any organisation concerned with the preservation of steam age machinery knows that it has to mount regular education exercises to ensure that the necessary skills are passed to a younger generation and thereby maintained. For the Steam Plough Club, this takes the form of regular 'Hands-On' events which allows beginners to get started; for fairly obvious reasons, these events are neither advertised nor open to the general public. Non-participating members of the club are naturally welcome to attend as observers and this we did on the Sunday afternoon at a farm on the Leicestershire/Rutland border. Steam ploughers at rallies have to contend with ground which is rarely ideal, but on this occasion the Nourish family had made available a field which must have been near perfect.

Three of the six engines present were facing north as the land rose slightly in that direction, so they were best photographed conventionally in the late afternoon as the weekend came to a close. Nearby is the magnificently appointed farmhouse of the hosts, Yuehong and I got a conducted tour of the gardens which seemed to have even more dahlias than our own, but it was large enough for them to be better spaced.

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Basic Equpment

Steam at Work

This was the scene after lunch on the Sunday as certificates of attendance (I assume) were handed out. The weekend was oversubscribed and an extra event was planned for a week later.

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

Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson