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Great Central Railway, Easter Vintage Festival  (7th - 10th April, 2023)

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 2023.


I had had this event down as a 'possible' in 2022. I try to avoid these 'preserved railway' events which usually suffer from a lack of space which severely limits movement and tends to cram the engines up together. In the event, Paul Gilbey attended on the Friday and tipped me off about the attendees and there would have been just two 'new engines' which, with the current financial squeeze most pensioners face, saw me stay home and work on our garden instead.

So we attended on the Saturday with a good idea what to expect 'on site' but also knowing that there would be a 'road run' in the afternoon - variously described as being at 15.00 (on the website) and 15.30 (programme). In the event, the miniatures left at 15.00 and the 'full size' engines at 15.15. Yuehong described Quorn as a 'posh village' and the 'turkey shoot' in the afternoon was undoubtedly the highlight of the day. Two thirds of the engines had been present in 2022, one of those and two of the others were new to me, which is quite satisfactory these days. While the Marshall tractor (68823/1915) was delightful, the Muddler' (Ruston Proctor 35501/1908) had to be the star of the show for me.

Details below were taken from the engines, the event programme and also David Collidge's Steam Scenes site http://www.steamscenes.org.uk/ which continues to be the most reliable source of information.

Welcome to Quorn

As a prosperous village, Quorn merited a station but passenger traffic was not expected to be heavy and a single island platform was a sensible economy. The goods yard might be described as 'generous' these days which allows for events such as the Easter Festival. Today it was busy but not uncomfortably so. 

Steam Rollers

Maker

Number

Registration

Notes

 

Armstrong Whitworth

2/1923

BD 7511 Steam Scenes Link  
South Cerney Rally 2013 Picture
Kettering Fayre 2014 Picture 
Hollowell Rally 2015 Picture 
Hollowell Rally 2016 Picture 
Hollowell Rally 2017 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
Quorn Festival 2022 Picture 
 

Aveling and Porter 4765/1901 ME 2353 "Prince Albert" 
Steam Scenes Link 
Cornish Fair 2015 Picture 
Fawley Hill Rally 2016 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
Turvey Rally 2022 Picture 
 

Aveling and Porter

5163/1903 NR 6525 SteamScenes Link 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture  
Quorn Festival 2022 Picture 
 

Aveling and Porter 9027/1919 BD 9641 "Eva May" 
Steam Scenes Link 
Klondyke Mill Party 2018 Picture 
Klondyke Mill Party 2021 Picture 
 

Aveling and Porter 11240/1925 RO 641 Steam Scenes Link 
Elvaston Rally 2018 Picture 
Quorn Festival 2022 Picture 
Ashby Rally 2022 Picture 
 

Aveling and Porter 12342/1929 UT 4405 "Lord Elpus" 
Steam Scenes Link  
Hollowell Rally 2016 Picture 
Hollowell Rally 2017 Picture 
Old Warden Rally 2018 Picture 
Rutland Water 2018 Picture  
Quorn Festival 2022 Picture 
Hollowell Rally 2022 Picture 
 

Marshall 76116/1923 YA 5040 "Maid Marion" 
Steam Scenes Link
 
Elvaston Rally 2018 Picture 
Quorn Festival 2022 Picture 
Elvaston Rally 2022 Picture
 
Rempstone Rally 2022 Picture 
 

Wallis and Steevens 7784/1923 XP 2338 Steam Scenes Link  
Elvaston Rally 2014 Picture 
Elvaston Rally 2018 Picture 
Quorn Festival 2022 Picture 
Elvaston Rally 2022 Picture 
Rempstone Rally 2022 Picture 
 

Wallis and Steevens 7833/1925 HO 6397 "Raven"
Steam Scenes Link
 
Quorn Festival 2022 Picture 


Wallis and Steevens 7979/1928 OU 285 Steam Scenes Link 
Tinkers Park Rally 2018 Picture 

General Engines

Maker

Number

Registration

Notes

 

Aveling and Porter 1995/1884 BT 3939 Steam Scenes Link  
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
Quorn Festival 2022 Picture 
Rempstone Steam Rally 2022 Picture 
Marcle Rally 2022 Picture 


Burrell

2426/1901

BL 4843 Steam Scenes Link 
Castle Combe Rally 2014 Picture 
Strawberries and Steam Rally 2014 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2015 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2016 Picture 
South Cerney Rally 2019 Picture 
Castle Combe Rally 2022 Picture 
Wiltshire Rally 2022 Picture 


Foster

14410/1920

UP 6481 "Sprig"
Steam Scenes Link 
Lincoln Rally 2013 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2013 Picture  
Banbury Rally 2014 Picture 
Elvaston Rally 2014 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2014 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2015 Picture 
Lincoln Rally 2016 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2016 Picture 
Belper Rally 2017 Picture 
Rempstone Rally 2017 Picture 
Cromford Rally 2017 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2017 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2018 Picture 
Banbury Rally 2019 Picture 
Cromford Rally 2021 Picture 
Lincoln Rally 2019 Picture 
Quorn Festival 2022 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2022 Picture 


Garrett 33986/1920 BJ 5601 "Queen Mary" / "Anker"
Steam Scenes Link 
Lincoln Rally 2016 Picture 
Belper Rally 2017 Picture 
Rempstone Rally 2017 Picture 
Cromford Rally 2017 Picture 
Elvaston Rally 2018 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
Banbury Rally 2019 Picture 
Cromford Rally 2021 Picture 
Lincoln Rally 2019 Picture 
Quorn Festival 2022 Picture 
Shrewsbury Rally 2022 Picture 


Marshall 68823/1915 BE 3044 Steam Scenes Link 

Ruston Proctor 35501/1908

BE 7438

"The Muddler"
Steam Scenes Link 

Tasker 1765/1918 SR 1252 "Jolly" 
SteamScenes Link 
Tinkers Park Rally 2018 Picture 
Wiston Rally 2019 Picture 
Quorn Festival 2022 Picture
 

Wallis and Steevens 7641/1920 BW 4668 "Gunner" 
SteamScenes Link 
Wiston Steam Rally 2019 Picture 
Quorn Festival 2022 Picture 

Steam Wagon

Maker

Number

Registration

Notes


Sentinel 7651/1928 BS 9215 Steam Scenes Link 
Shrewsbury Rally 2015 Picture 
Rempstone Rally 2016 Picture 
Lincoln Rally 2016 Picture 
Rempstone Rally 2017 Picture 
Cromford Rally 2017 Picture 
Elvaston Rally 2018 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
Lincoln Rally 2019 Picture  
Quorn Festival 2022 Picture 
Elvaston Rally 2022 Picture 

Showman's Engines

Maker

Number

Registration

Notes



Fowler 15652/1920 CU 977 "Repulse" 
SteamScenes Link 
Elvaston Rally 2014 Picture  
Stoke Prior Rally 2014 Picture 
Rempston Rally 2016 Picture 
Masham Rally 2016 Picture 
Rempstone Rally 2017 Picture 
Elvaston Rally 2018 Picture 
Great North Steam Fair 2019 Picture 
Stoke Prior Rally 2019 Picture 
Elvaston Rally 2022 Picture  
Shrewsbury Rally 2022 Picture 



Fowler 15653/1920 CU 978

"Renown" 
Steam Scenes Link 
Lincoln Rally 2013 Picture 
Fawley Hill Rally 2014 Picture 
Elvaston Rally 2014 Picture 
Llandudno Extravaganza 2015 Picture 
Astle Park Rally 2015 Picture 
Fawley Hill Rally 2016 Picture 
Lincoln Rally 2016 Picture 
Old Warden Rally 2016 Picture 
Whitby Rally 2017 Picture 
Astle Park Rally 2017 Picture 
Harewood Fair 2017 Picture 
Elvaston Rally 2018 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 Picture 
Yorkshire Traction Engine Rally 2018 Picture 
Great North Steam Fair 2019 Picture 
Lincoln Rally 2019 Picture 
Great Dorset Steam Fair 2019 Picture 
Cromford Rally 2021 Picture 
Quorn Festival 2022 Picture 
Elvaston Rally 2022 Picture 
Astle Park Rally 2022 Picture 

Fairground Centre Engine

Maker

Number

Notes



Savage 664/1896 "Lady Go Lightly", Savage 664/1896
Seen previously on several occasions including Fawley Hill in 2014, Llandudno in 2015 and Elvaston in 2018..


Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson

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