Vintage Spirit July 2024



  • Tribute Day For Cap’n Dick
  • Blists Hill Favourite
  • A New Way To Brighton
  • Sheer Lunacy – the rise and fall of a Lancashire branch line
  • Flushed Away – the geometry, chemistry and engineering behind 'spending a penny' all the latest news and event reports

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In this issue


Tribute Day For Cap’n Dick

Dick Bodily travelled to Cornwall for the annual celebration of Richard Trevithick’s life which takes the form of a day when the town is taken over by parades and steam engines.


Blists Hill Favourite

Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire is a time capsule of the Industrial Revolution. The museum even has its own resident steam roller as Bob Weir recently discovered.


A New Way To Brighton

The 2024 classic lorry run to Brighton had a new route this year, with vehicles able to arrive at the start the day before the run. Brian Gooding went to greet some of the arrivals on the Saturday, while Ken Rimell saw them arrive at Brighton on the Sunday.


Sheer Lunacy

Barrie C Woods describes the rise and fall of an underfunded branch line that served a Lancashire asylum.


A Weekend In Leicestershire, Part 2

Brian Gooding concludes his recent excursion to the East Midlands for a society meeting.


Mining Memories In Purbeck

Peter Hammond ponders visits to clay mining relics on the Isle of Purbeck.


Turners Of Wolverhampton – 75 years of tractors

Larry Hopkins, who worked for Turners and their successive owners for 42 years, gives a brief history of the company.


Flushed Away

John Hannavy delves into the geometry, chemistry and engineering behind ‘spending a penny’.


Auction Round Up

Results from three very different auction sales in recent weeks.

Vintage Spirit July 2024


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