Vintage Spirit May 2021



  • 66 Years And Counting – story of the East Anglian Traction Engine Society
  • Men Of Iron
  • The Iron Maiden Special
  • The Block Ships Of Scapa Flow
  • An Anniversary Run – Somerset Style
  • Countryside Collection – Breamore Estate's Agricultural Museum all the latest news and event reports

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In this issue


66 Years And Counting

Michael Pumfrey looks back at the formation and history of one of Britain’s premier steam engine societies.


Moving A ‘Boat’ Of History

Brian Gooding and Peter Brockington tell the story of a now unique piece of canal history.


Heading Home

Rob Harrison was one of the crew who moved Gordon Bruce’s Burrell from mid-Cornwall back home to Devon last August.


Men Of Iron

The Ballantine family from Bo’ness have been involved in iron casting for nearly 200 years. Bob Weir went to meet Gavin Ballantine, who is the seventh generation to work in the business.


Things That Shaped Us

Peter Brockington is prompted to look back at what started him on a life at sea.


The Iron Maiden Special

Dick Bodily looks back ten years to a rally ‘special’ at Old Warden.


The Block Ships Of Scapa Flow

John Hannavy explores some relics of two world wars.


An Anniversary Run – Somerset Style

Back in 2005, the Somerset Traction Engine Club held a road run to celebrate the club’s 50th Anniversary rally. Brian Gooding travelled down to Taunton to join the fun.


In A Damp Cutting

Brian Gooding recalls a few days spent in north Devon lifting miniature railway track.


Launches Well Ahead Of Their Time

Ken Rimell picks out a few images from a photo album that came his way.


Kingdom Classics

Chris Douglas, from the old Scottish kingdom of Fife, has been collecting old lorries for years. The majority are still putting in a day’s shift, as Bob Weir recently discovered.


A Dip Into The World Of Ruston, Proctor & Co.

Tim Bolton looks through a number of Ruston, Proctor catalogues from 1908 that he came across.


Countryside Collection

Jim Gerrard looks at the items to be found on a country estate on the edge of the New Forest.


Mixed Memories

Jim Wilkie has again been delving through his archives to pick out some more photos snatched at different times.


Preservation In France Part 1: Collection Campion

Roger Mills looks at some of the vintage fairground attractions from a stunning collection now dispersed.

Vintage Spirit May 2021


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