Saturday, 26 July 2014

Road Steam at Rail Ale...

Hi everyone. Today I spent a quiet afternoon at Market Bosworth watching the attractions of the Battlefield Line's "Rail Ale" event 2014. With 55 real ales on offer, 10 full size road engines, fairground organ, a few miniatures and vintage vehicles, entertainment in the Goods Shed and "Blue Circle" in steam, what wasn't to like? I hung around for most of the afternoon, returning home at about 6pm. It was a very hot day and the crew of 3803 certainly looked like they were feeling it each time they came by! I just thought I'd include a few pictures of the event to give you an idea. Its a great weekend and well worth a visit, biased as I may be. 4" Garrett "Betty" (an MTEW regular) leaves Market Bosworth Station on route to the pub...
Fowler "Elsa" is seen here alongside four smartly turned out rollers...
Phil's Aveling & Porter 10-ton Roller "Louise" prepares for the Road Run to Cadeby...
Statfold's Foden Timber Tractor follows "Louise"...
A restful sight here with Aveling Roller "Thistledown", formerly a Teddy Boston engine and probably, in this stead, the inspiration for George the Steam Roller in Thomas...
Arthur Henton's Fowler agricultural "Victoria" prepares to follow the ensemble into Bosworth...
Here, 3803 makes a spirited departure with the 5pm Shackerstone to Shenton service as I stand hi-viz clad at the lineside...
One of the rollers returns from the road run, nearing the station...
Up in Market Bosworth village, Fowler Showman's Engine "Repulse" takes a break...
Arthur Henton's Aveling Roller simmers in the centre...
"Louise" prepares for the return voyage. Note the spark arrestor...
Here, Statfold's timber tractor waits at the roadside for the return run. This Foden can certainly march along with reports of 25mph being common place...
Thanks very much for viewing this post folks and I'm sure you can see that, despite my poor photo content, the Rail Ale is a fantastic weekend for all to enjoy. Roll on the 2015 event. Best Regards, Sam...

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