The International Steam Pages

Yorkshire Traction Engine Rally (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.

The Yorkshire Traction Engine Rally was essentially the former Harewood Steam Fair transplanted to a new, but similar venue at Scampston Hall between Malton and Scarborough. While the 2018 rally seems to have been the first one there, the organisers had put on a 'Game and Country Fair' here earlier and we have visited their successful events at Whitby, Ashley Hall, Astle Park, Warringnton and Whitby. They run a plain vanilla family experience and seem to have mastered the tricky knack of being professionals working with amateurs, without giving anyone the feeling that they are being exploited.

Between  2014 and 2019, I went to rallies in Yorkshire at Helmsley, Masham, Driffield, Whitby, Castle Howard and Harewood and there can't have been many engines left in the area 'in ticket' which I hadn't seen. We enjoy our trips 'up north' but it was probably no bad thing that we had a year off owing to the pandemic. Hopefully by 2022 there will have been a degree of 'engine churn' because it's a long way from home. 

I had been tipped off that Aveling & Porter 633 would attend, Any engine from the 1870s is a special engine in my book and next to it was Aveling & Porter 4885. That's considerably more than 250 years of engine history on display. Having five 'not seen before' was a very pleasant surprise, of them I know nothing about Allchin 1377, of course it was only later that I realised I had seen an engine that is notin my copy of TER.

The weather on the Saturday was 'grey' throughout which at least removed the need to wait for the sun to get at the right angle. I suspect that Sunday would have been much brighter but we had an appointment at the Steam Plough Club event 'down south', where it was T shirt weather. 

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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