Vintage Spirit October 2018



  • Down by the Canal – Leawood Pumphouse
  • Homecoming 18 – Dorset WW1 convoy
  • Bricks for the Royal Flying Corps
  • A Steamy 500@50 – Great Dorset Steam Fair
  • Brill Boconnoc
  • London’s Iconic Tower Bridge all the latest news and event reports

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In this issue

Before the Show

Jim Gerrard dropped in on two events held in the lead up to the Great Dorset.

Down by the Canal

Following last month’s article on the eastern end of the Cromford & High Peak Railway and Middleton Top engine house, this time Brian Gooding looks at the preserved Leawood Pumphouse that supplied water to the Cromford Canal.

On the Road with ‘Old Ernie’

Slaidburn rally organiser David McNamee spent a day with Alan Porter and his Burrell roller ‘Old Ernie’.

Celebrating 60 Years

Brian Gooding reports on a celebratory weekend of mixed weather but good company.

Homecoming 18

This year’s special road run to the Great Dorset Steam Fair was a replication of a homecoming convoy at the end of the First World War. Jim Gerrard was able to shadow the run.

Bricks for the Royal Flying Corps

James Hamilton follows an engine that delivered bricks to an RFC airfield high on the Wiltshire Downs as it makes a return visit many years later.

A Steamy 500@50

Jim Gerrard reports on the steam ‘happenings’ at this year’s Steam Fair.

Brill Boconnoc

Brian Gooding spent a couple of days at this year’s Boconnoc Steam Fair, soaking up the atmosphere of a Cornish rally…

Lord of the Mills

Sarehole Mill is one of only two surviving water mills in the city of Birmingham. The site also has a strong connection with the famous writer JRR Tolkien, writes Bob Weir.

500@50 – Dick’s Pick

Dick Bodily found some interesting engines during his visit to this year’s Great Dorset Steam Fair.

Norwegian Sojourn

While most of us were enjoying a hot and sunny summer, Peter Brockington took a cruise to Norway and found indifferent weather, but also some interesting items.

London’s Iconic Tower Bridge

John Hannavy explores one of the world’s best-known bridges.

Vintage Spirit October 2018


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