The International Steam Pages


Much Marcle Steam Rally, (20th - 21st July, 2019)

This is one of a series of pages which I have uploaded to illustrate facets of steam rallies we have attended in the UK. Such events occur all over the country in the summer months, they are easily found by using your favourite search engine and may have anything between a handful of steam engines and hundreds (as at the Great Dorset Steam Fair which could probably be fairly described as having an excess of riches). Click here for the overall index for 2019.


This was the first rally Yuehong and I attended together in 2013. It's the nearest rally to our home and we always considered that it punched above its weight especially in terms of the working area. We attended every year until 2018 when we were seduced by the 50th anniversary rally at Weeting. In our absence, a report suggested that a change in the organisational structure had seen the number of engines drop considerably and with yet another new steam organiser, the 2019 event attracted only 14 steam engines, just half the average number for 2014 - 2017.

To say that I was disappointed would be putting it mildly. The only working steam was the steam ploughing, there was no steam saw bench and no steam threshing which had been regulars previously. On the Sunday, the ring events were running half an hour late by midday and in the absence of any directing, engines appeared for the parade randomly from either end. In the working field, the steam ploughing was suspended because there appeared to be no one directing the mechanised harvesting to ensure there was a continuing supply of available ground.

At 10 a head I did not feel it offered value for money. Last week at Wiston (with 44 engines) the charge was 8 (concessions 6) and next weekend, not far away at Welland, the charges will be 12 (concession 10) and there will no comparison in terms of 'entertainment'.

At the present rate the rally will soon 'fail'. If the organisers don't know where they are going wrong then they should visit some of the other rallies in the area which have been through a bad patch, are now thriving again and talk to the organisers there. If you look through the reports on this site, you would quickly identify Banbury and South Cerney as coming into this category.

At least this year, there was no difficulty including all the available engines in the parade picture.


General Engines

Maker

Number

Registration

Notes

 
Aveling and Porter 2436/1889 KE 6281 "Valentine" 
Steam Scenes Link
 
Marcle Rally 2013 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2013 Picture  
Marcle Rally 2014 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2014 Picture 
Malpas Rally 2014 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2015 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2015 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2016 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2016 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2017 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2018 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2019 Picture 
 
Burrell 3395/1912 FJ 1536 "The Dalesman" 
Steam Scenes Link  
Banbury Rally 2014 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2014 Picture 
Banbury Rally 2017 Picture 
Banbury Rally 2019 Picture 
 

Foden

1310/1907

BF 5543

Steam Scenes Link 
Marcle Rally 2013 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2013 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2014 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2014 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2015 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2015 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2016 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2016 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2017 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2017 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2018 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2019 Picture 

 

Foden

13762/1930

VN 2911 Steam Scenes Link  
Marcle Rally 2013 Picture 
Hay Rally 2013 Picture  
Abergavenny Rally 2014 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2014 Picture 
Abergavenny Rally 2015 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2015 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2016 Picture 
Boconnoc Fair 2016 Picture 
Hay Rally 2016 Picture 
Trevithick Day 2017 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2017 Picture 
Torbay Rally 2018 Picture 
Speech House Show 2018 Picture 
Boconnoc Fair 2019 Picture 
 
Garrett 33981/1920 KE 7124 Steam Scenes Link 
Banbury Rally 2014 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2017 Picture 
Banbury Rally 2018 Picture 
 
McLaren 616/1898 HD 1493 Steam Scenes Link 
Old Warden Rally 2016 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2017 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2018 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2019 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2019 Picture 
 

Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies 

26839/1915

DCJ 15 Steam Scenes Link  
Welland Rally 2013 Picture 
Welland Rally 2014 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2015 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2016 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2017 Picture  

Steam Rollers

Former 'resident' Aveling and Porter 9166/1920 'Emma' has moved to the Waterworks Museum in Hereford.

Maker

Number

Registration

Notes

 
Aveling and Porter 9158/1920 WR 7274 "Old Rosie" 
Steam Scenes Link  
Marcle Rally 2013 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2014 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2015 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2016 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2017 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
 
Aveling and Porter 10059/1921 R 7464 Steam Scenes Link  
Marcle Rally 2013 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2014 Picture
 
Marcle Rally 2015 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2017 Picture 
 
Fowler 19053/1931 WX 7694 "Patricia-B"
Steam Scenes Link  
Welland Rally 2013 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2013 Picture 
Hay Rally 2013 Picture 
Abergavenny Rally 2014 Picture 
Kelsall Rally 2014 Picture 
Welland Rally 2014 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2014 Picture 
Abergavenny Rally 2015 Picture 
Welland Rally 2015 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2015 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2016 Picture 
Hay Rally 2016 Picture 
Hollowell Rally 2017 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2017 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2018 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
Boconnoc Fair 2019 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2019 Picture 
Stoke Prior Rally 2019 Picture 
 
Trotter */1933 Formerly in the Gloucester Folk Museum
Steam Scenes Link
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Welland Rally 2016 Picture 
Welland Rally 2017 Picture 
Speech House Show 2017 Picture 
Welland Rally 2018 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2018 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2018 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2019 Picture 

Ploughing Engines

Maker

Number

Registration

Notes

 

Fowler

15183/1918 HO 5868 "Ajax" 
Steam Scenes Link 
Banbury Rally 2014 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2014 Picture 
Fairford Rally 2014 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2015 Picture 
FFFB Show 2015 Picture 
Wiltshire Rally 2016 Picture 
Banbury Rally 2016 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2016 Picture 
Banbury Rally 2017 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2017 Picture 
Banbury Rally 2018 Picture 
SPC Hands-On 2018 Picture 
FFFB Show 2018 Picture 
SPC Great Challenge 2018 Picture 
Banbury Rally 2019 Picture 
Welland Rally 2019 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2019 Picture 
 
Fowler 15673/1922

Formerly at Sena Sugar Estates, Mocambique 
Steam Scenes Link
 
Banbury Rally 2014 Picture 
Fairford Rally 2015 Picture 
FFFB Show 2015 Picture 
Banbury Rally 2016 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2016 Picture 
Banbury Rally 2017 Picture 
Banbury Rally 2018 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2018 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2018 Picture 
SPC Great Challenge 2018 Picture 
Banbury Rally 2019 Picture 
Welland Rally 2019 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2019 Picture 

Steam Wagon

Registration

Notes

 
JCN 898 J "Typhoo" 
Freelance design with Sentinel engine and boiler from a railway locomotive, the chassis from an ERF lorry. 
Marcle Rally 2016 Picture

If you like this sort of thing then try David Collidge's Steam Scenes http://www.steamscenes.org.uk/


Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson

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