Last Friday I went to my first ever steam rally, armed with my trusty Nikon I set off for the ‘wilds’ of Worcestershire to capture the relics of the past on ‘film’. Friday is the best day to visit the Welland Steam Rally if you want to have plenty of room to see everything (and to get food at lunchtime without queuing!), but not necessarily the best day for finding the entrance – I went to all three gates before finding the way in! (Well, it was the first day and the signage wasn’t quite sorted out!)
Once inside it was a ‘little boy’s’ delight – steam engines, old cars, vintage commercial vehicles, bikes, motorbikes and an ‘old school’ steam powered fair. Although there were 18,000 people in attendance it didn’t feel busy at all, I even got a seat when the steam engines came around the parade ring! The day after the attendance was 30,000!
The old style fair had all of the rides you would associate with the fairs of my childhood – and quite a few more that never fitted on the village green in Scotter.
The parade of steam engines was impressive and the commentary was both informative and entertaining even for those of us know nothing about the subject, apart from an appreciation of the magnificence of the machines. Here is a picture of one of the first ones around the parade.
On the day I took so many photos that I thought I was going to run out of space on my memory card…even though it is 32GB! But I’ve still got a bit of room left and just to finish off here’s a picture of a vintage coach.
It will take me quite some time to work my way through these pictures, but that’s one job I’m going to enjoy. At the end of it I should have generated a portfolio showing the best attributes of these truly magnificent ‘beasts’.