Sunday, 25 January 2015

Miniature Traction Engine Weekend 2015 Plug...

"Saturday Line Up" (M.Ranieri)
Hi everyone. So, here we are, the annual plug for Miniature Traction Engine Weekend! The event will take place over April 25th/26th at Market Bosworth Station on the Battlefield Line. Join us for a steam filled weekend with around 50 miniature traction engines and steam lorries in steam. Engines range through 1.5" - 6" scales and from manufacturers such as Fowler, Burrell, Foster, Savage and many others. The engines will be steaming around freely on the old Goods Yard at Market Bosworth and the event will be open from 10am until 5pm both days. I have been particularly lucky this year with the amount of exhibitors that have asked for a space and thus the huge number of 50 engines arose! 2015 will be the events third year and in this short time it has grown to be one of the largest gatherings of miniature steam in the area and even has a bigger attendance than some large rallies. I am so pleased that the event has been so well received and long may it continue. I have just included a few shots on this post of last years event to give you an idea of what goes on. Its a great atmosphere down at Market Bosworth...
"Four Inch" (M.Ranieri)
As well as the miniatures, we also have a notable full size invasion over the weekend. The big engines are brought along in order to show a comparison between full size and miniature, as well as showing off the history of road steam in their own way. Having been offered a few big engines for this years event, I've managed to cap it at three. The three big engines include a wonderfully kept pair of Aveling & Porter Steam Roller's and a beautiful elderly Allchin General Purpose Traction Engine of 1903 vintage. Last year the big traction engines were represented by Statfold's immaculate "Mary Marshall"...
"Mary Marshall" (M.Ranieri)
As well as the miniatures we have a 5" gauge miniature railway, awning displays, a traditional organ and a miniature working area including wood sawing and flour milling. Also in the working area we will have one or two petrol stationary engines in action. In the historic Goods Shed we will have displays of toy steam, model engineering, 16mm live steam and of course the trusty refreshment stand. Here, a wonderful pair of Burrell single cranks return to Bosworth having been up into the village... 
"Perfect Pair" (M.Ranieri)
One of the awning displays present includes Mr Seaton's wonderful Meccano Engines: well worth a look and a chat...
Steaming up in the damp on Saturday morning...
"Gathering" (M.Ranieri)
To get the most from your experience why not join us at 2pm where you can see as many of the engines together at once and whistling loudly against our full size railway engine. Talking of the railway engine, in 2015 it is likely to be the huge GWR 2-8-0 No3803. Fares are FROZEN at the norm for the weekend so why not travel to the event by steam and see the event for FREE?! There is no better day to visit the Battlefield Line than on a normal fare event day! For more information see our website www.battlefieldline.co.uk or pick up one of our leaflets. I hope to see some of you there for what promises to be a great weekend. All the very best, Sam...

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