Traction engines on show at Duncombe Park Steam Rally

York Press: Engines, little and large, line-up in the show ring during the Duncombe Park Steam Rally. Picture: Mike Tipping Engines, little and large, line-up in the show ring during the Duncombe Park Steam Rally. Picture: Mike Tipping

STEAM rose in columns above Duncombe Park but it wasn’t the heat that was causing it.

The Duncombe Park Steam Rally brought traction engines and many other machines from the days of steam to the grounds of the North Yorkshire stately home in Helmsley.

Among them was a Fowler Traction Engine that got so thirsty en route to the rally, it stopped off for a long drink in York.

Residents of Grange Street, off Fulford Road, were surprised to see it refilling its water tank from a hydrant in their road on Friday afternoon, but quickly rallied round to give its crew a drink as well.

Children at the rally in Ryedale got up close to the steam engines of all shapes and sizes.

Each year, the annual event attracts hundreds of steamers, minature engines, engines that were used for commercial purposes, tractors, stationary engines and steam organs as well as more than 100 vintage cars and motorcycles.

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10:12am Mon 8 Jul 13

3.8liter says...

Yes, a great day out. Why is this event so nice and friendly without any trouble, whereas Pickering steam fair is a nightmare?
Yes, a great day out. Why is this event so nice and friendly without any trouble, whereas Pickering steam fair is a nightmare? 3.8liter
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10:30am Mon 8 Jul 13

smudge2 says...

3.8liter wrote:
Yes, a great day out. Why is this event so nice and friendly without any trouble, whereas Pickering steam fair is a nightmare?
Probably because Pickering attracts a lot more travellers selling tat from white vans and drinking heavily all day ???...Its becoming another place ruined by greedy site owners letting anybody in for a quick buck...
[quote][p][bold]3.8liter[/bold] wrote: Yes, a great day out. Why is this event so nice and friendly without any trouble, whereas Pickering steam fair is a nightmare?[/p][/quote]Probably because Pickering attracts a lot more travellers selling tat from white vans and drinking heavily all day ???...Its becoming another place ruined by greedy site owners letting anybody in for a quick buck... smudge2
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11:05am Mon 8 Jul 13

dbrs88 says...

The main reason this event is such a sucess its the hard work and dedication of the voluntary committee which run the event. No one makes any money from this as all proceeds are put back into the club in order to invest in better facilities and attract better attractions.

I have attended this event all my life due to a strong personal connection to the club and have to say this weekend ranks as one of the best yet. Obviously the good weather helps.
The main reason this event is such a sucess its the hard work and dedication of the voluntary committee which run the event. No one makes any money from this as all proceeds are put back into the club in order to invest in better facilities and attract better attractions. I have attended this event all my life due to a strong personal connection to the club and have to say this weekend ranks as one of the best yet. Obviously the good weather helps. dbrs88
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9:50am Wed 10 Jul 13

Setting it straight says...

Shame it wasn't advertised in The Press beforehand, seems to be too much reporting of great days out after they have happend! So in an effort to correct that can I remind everyone needing their Steam fix that the weekend after the Pickering Rally is one of the most relaxed and friendly rallies on the calendar? Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally, held at Driffield Showground, will take place this year on the weekend of 10th and 11th August. And in a similar way to the Duncome Park committee, once the costs of the rally have been covered the remainder of the money generated is donated to local charities. The added attraction of the cavalcade into Driffield town centre on the Saturday evening adds to the Rally's popularity. And if that's not enough, Lincoln Steam Rally is the weekend after Driffield!!! ;-)
Shame it wasn't advertised in The Press beforehand, seems to be too much reporting of great days out after they have happend! So in an effort to correct that can I remind everyone needing their Steam fix that the weekend after the Pickering Rally is one of the most relaxed and friendly rallies on the calendar? Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally, held at Driffield Showground, will take place this year on the weekend of 10th and 11th August. And in a similar way to the Duncome Park committee, once the costs of the rally have been covered the remainder of the money generated is donated to local charities. The added attraction of the cavalcade into Driffield town centre on the Saturday evening adds to the Rally's popularity. And if that's not enough, Lincoln Steam Rally is the weekend after Driffield!!! ;-) Setting it straight
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