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The 25th Steam and Vintage Festival comes to Toddington Railway Station

The 25th Steam & Vintage Festival will be held at adjacent to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Toddington Station over the Weekend of 9th and 10th October 2010.  Gates Open at 10.00 am and a wide range of activities will be taking place on both days.

The event has become a firm favourite for both local people and aficionados of vintage vehicles, traction engines and agricultural equipment who travel from all over the UK to see this spectacular display.

Says Andrew Goodman, one of the event organisers: “This is shaping up to be perhaps our best-ever event and we’ve been overwhelmed by the support that has been shown by owners of almost every imaginable piece of equipment.  If it’s got wheels, you’ll find it here – both full-size and miniature!"

“We’re expecting at least 30 steam traction engines, steam wagons, steam rollers and showman’s engines which will be a quite astounding sight."

“Three of them were at our very first event, way back in 1982!”

What’s on show?

Steam and more steam! At least 30 Steam Traction Engines including Showman’s Engines, Ploughing Engines and Steam Rollers.  They include John Plaister’s Marshall traction engine of 1919, which has been owned by John for over 50 years; Martin Preston’s Fowler traction engine of 1909 ‘Pride of Hanley Castle’ and Martin Shepherd and James Foden’s Ransomes traction engine of 1903, ‘Countryman’.  All three were at the inaugural Steam & Vintange rally.

From Winchcombe Richard Hall and his son Gareth will show their Garrat steam tractor of 1917, ‘Margaret’, which has taken five years to restore.  This engine was built for the Ministry of Munitions during the First World War. It later went into showman’s service with Harris’s of Ashington, Northumberland.

Steam in action! Traction engines powering saw benches, threshing drums, stone crushing plant and even a local cider apple press powered by steam, as well as ploughing engines in action.

Miniature marvels: What they might lack in size, is certainly made up in detail!  Over 30 miniature traction engines, perfect examples of the modellers’ art.

My dad had one of those! 50 vintage veteran and classic cars are expected

Commercials: At least 30 commercial vehicles spanning over 60 years of motoring history.

On parade: Military vehicles from the Second World War onwards.

Model exhibition:  Model tent featuring the work of local model makers, including several model railways.

On the farm: Vintage tractors have a loyal following and a large number will be present, many from local farms

Live entertainment from 8pm on Saturday evening

In addition, there will be a large display of stationary engines dating from the 1920s, sales stands and bric-a-brac; as well as refreshments and of course, a beer tent.

Admission prices to the Steam & Vintage Festival (does not include train travel on the GWR):

Adult £6.00 Children 5-15 years £3.00 Senior Citizens £5.00
Family 2 Adults + 3 Children £15.00

Free car parking.  Follow AA signs to the parking area.

(All Attractions are Subject to Availability)

Source: Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway


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