Vintage Spirit December 2019



  • Scottish Bluebell
  • Exploring the Blists Hill Engines
  • Roll Up, Roll Up… behind the scenes of a Bioscope show
  • The Final Party at Drusilla's Inn?
  • From Dorset For D-Day
  • Reach for the Sky – Flaxmill Maltings in Ditherington, Shrewsbury all the latest news and event reports

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In this issue


Steam on the Wight

John Maund visited this year’s Island Steam Show at Havenstreet on the Isle of Wight.


Scottish Bluebell

Bob Weir went to East Ayrshire to see one of Jim Smith’s latest restorations, an 1924 Aveling & Porter steam roller.


Exploring the Blists Hill Engines

John Hannavy investigates a collection of engines in Shropshire, some of which are rarely seen.


A Wet Evening at the Bottle

Brian Gooding dropped in on a steamy evening at a Berkshire public house.


Roll Up, Roll Up…

Hollycombe volunteer Kevin Byrne takes us behind the scenes of the museum’s Bioscope show.


The Final Party?

Was the 2019 steam gathering at Drusilla’s Inn the last ever? We don’t know for sure, but Brian Gooding went along in case.


Wilkie’s Wanderings

Jim Wilkie picks out yet more items of interest from shows he has visited.


Scotland’s Italian Jobs

Fiat has a reputation for making excellent tractors and Scotland is home to some fine collections, as Bob Weir recently discovered.


From Dorset For D-Day

Along with many others, Richard Pocock travelled to Normandy for the 75th Anniversary commemorations of the D-Day Landings in 1944. Jim Gerrard caught up with Richard to learn more…


Reach for the Sky

The Flaxmill Maltings in Ditherington near Shrewsbury has been described as the “grandparent to the modern skyscraper”. Project Lead Alastair Godfrey told Bob Weir about Historic England’s restoration plans.

Vintage Spirit December 2019


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