Steam Across the Hill
This DVD covers the Steam Plough Clubs 2018 ‘Great Challenge’, a unique ploughing competition held every three years or so to assess the capability of their members in utilising their ploughing engines and implements, the majority of which were designed and manufactured well over a hundred years ago.
Operating alongside the tractors of the Society of Ploughmen undertaking their national competition, 12 steam ploughing sets (23 engines) are seen at work across one field; a magnificent sight and not something that would have been experienced in the past.
Also taking part and fully explained on the DVD was the sole remaining J&F Howard ‘Farmers Engine’ which as a single engine operated a ‘roundabout’ ploughing system; developed in the mid nineteenth century prior to the more well known two engine system.
For those interested in our agricultural history and how mobile steam power was used in the past, this 90 minute DVD takes you there.