Vintage Spirit April 2024


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  • FREE 2024 Events Guide!
  • Return Of The Admiral – story of Lord Nelson's restoration
  • African Oddysey
  • Chance Encounters Of The Steam Rolling Kind
  • A Visit To The Headhunters
  • Going Off The Rails (Part 3) all the latest news and event reports

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In this issue


Return Of The Admiral

One of the finest road steam restorations in recent years has to be that of 1907 Burrell 7nhp DCC showman’s road locomotive No.2879, Lord Nelson, undertaken by George Balsdon in Devon. Jim Gerrard reports.


African Oddysey

Paul Stratford picks out a few interesting heritage collections he has visited in South Africa.


Harry Ferguson’s Golden Grey

The Ferguson FE-35 was a worthy successor to the TE-20 and was sold with an unusual gold and grey livery. Although the tractor was only marketed in Ferguson colours for a short period, survivors are very popular with enthusiasts, writes Bob Weir.


Dredging By Diesel

A letter in the February issue reminded Andrew Semple about diesel-powered Fowler ploughing engines.


Miniature Marvels

The Shrewsbury Steam Rally is one of the highlights of the August Bank Holiday weekend, attracting thousands of visitors. Last year over 80 stationary engines turned up to join in the fun, writes Bob Weir.


Chance Encounters Of The Steam Rolling Kind

Chris Gooch returns with another selection of his slides from the 1960s/1970s, this time steam rollers he encountered around the country.


Restoring Gunns Mill

Gunns Mill in the Forest of Dean recently received a grant from English Heritage. Bob Weir looks at the history of the oldest surviving blast furnace in England.


Going Off The Rails (Part 3)

From Blundellsands to Quintinshill – John Hannavy continues with his exploration of the disastrous track record of the early railways.


Austin’s Famous ‘Katy’

The Austin K2 (Katy) was an important lorry during the 1940s and early 1950s. Some examples are still running around today, as Bob Weir recently discovered.


Evocative Eliza

Peter Brockington recalls a small passenger carrying steam boat he knew in New Zealand.


Engine Indicators – the personal touch

John Walter has been investigating the background of owners in the hope of finding descendants who may be able to fill gaps in the stories of individual instruments.


A Visit To The Headhunters

Peter Brockington went into a barber’s shop in Northern Ireland but he didn’t go for a haircut…


Wilkie’s Wanderings

Jim Wilkie has been out and about again but not just to steam rallies…

Vintage Spirit April 2024


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