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Vintage Spirit April 2019



  • What A Gem – Australian Marshall restored
  • Exploring the Avon Valley
  • Eastwards To Avalon – the little known Glastonbury Canal in Somerset
  • Glorious Gillingham
  • Recovery Is His Business
  • The Future of Steam Preservation Is In Your Hands all the latest news and event reports

In this issue


What A Gem

Jim Gerrard looks at the restoration of a Marshall engine that came home from Australia some years ago, as a kit of parts, with a lot missing.


Along the Valley

The Avon valley from Bradford on Avon to Bath has lots of interest to the transport history enthusiast. Brian Gooding looks at some of the places.


Restoring ‘Stumbles’

Jack Ayland of the Robey Trust outlines what they need to do to restore their tandem roller, and asks for readers’ help.


Mean Machines

Tractor conversions come in many shapes and sizes, and some enthusiasts have chosen to fit powerful engines into their favourite machines, as Bob Weir discovered.


Eastwards To Avalon

Roger Butler traces what can still be seen of the little known Glastonbury Canal in Somerset.


Glorious Gillingham

This year’s Gillingham Gathering attracted a record turnout of classic vehicles in the Dorset town. Brian Gooding went along to enjoy the day.


Unfulfilled Dreams

Peter Brockington reports on a small railway centre in New Zealand, with some sad-looking rolling.


Fowler Steam Rollers In 1896

Ron Henderson browses through a catalogue from over 120 years ago.


A Motoring Heritage

The Lakeland Motor Museum continues to go from strength to strength as Bob Weir discovered.


Buses Galore

With this year’s event being held on Sunday 7th April, James Hamilton looks back at the 2018 show.


Recovery Is His Business

Running a vehicle recovery business in the depths of a Scottish winter is not for the faint-hearted, as Bob Weir found out.


A Lucky Survivor

Peter Brockington looks at the devastation caused by floods in 2017 in New Zealand and at a plinthed steam engine that luckily survived unscathed.


The Future of Steam Preservation Is In Your Hands

With the road steam movement increasingly threatened by more legislation, Allan Lloyd offers some hard-hitting thoughts on what benefits belonging to a national organisation can bring to both the individual and the organisation.


Wilkie’s Wanderings – Shepton Mallet

Jim Wilkie returns with a look at some of the exhibits that caught his eye at a tractor show and toy fair he visited in January.

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