10th and 11th October 2009 – Cheltenham Racecourse.
Dozens of traction engines, classic cars, vintage tractors, motor cycles, classic commercial vehicles, models, vintage fairground…and much more!
Next to the Honeybourne Line’s Cheltenham Racecourse station.
Frequent steam train services over the Honeybourne Line (the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway) from Toddington on both days.
Gloucestershire’s most spectacular vintage transport event builds a head of steam at Cheltenham Racecourse over the weekend of 10th and 11th October.
The Cheltenham Steam & Vintage Fair – which last year moved from its past venue at Toddington to the Racecourse – promises a feast for the senses with sounds, sights and smells from a bygone era as traction engines, tractors, farm machinery, fairground organs, trucks, cars and more are put through their paces.
And the nearby Honeybourne Line will be running a full steam train service from its Racecourse station to Toddington and return through the glorious autumnal Cotswold countryside.
Organiser Andrew Goodman says: “Last year over 6,000 people enjoyed the Fair and the event is set to be even more spectacular this year.
“For instance, more than 20 different types of traction engines will be in action, including one of the oldest working steam rollers, dating from 1888. In a nearby field steam ploughing will be demonstrated as well as ploughing through the ages using vintage tractors and horses.
“Steam power became a major labour-saving source of power in the countryside during the Victorian era,” Mr Goodman explains.“We’ll be demonstrating equipment such as a saw bench, threshing machine and stone crusher – all powered by steam engines.
“Steam was even used for entertainment – fairgrounds were steam powered including the traditional gallopers, which will also be at the show. Fairground organs, four are expected at the Fair, were powered by showman’s engines which had steam-powered electric generators.”
The list of other entries to the show is impressive, too, with over 60 classic and vintage cars, 60 motorcycles, 30 classic commercial vehicles, 35 stationary engines powering equipment such as pumps and milling machines; a dozen old-fashioned caravans…the list is almost endless.
Model enthusiasts won’t be disappointed either with 50 miniature, steam-powered working traction engines and a huge model display in a marquee.
“Make no mistake, this is quite a show,” says Mr. Goodman. “And it’s brilliant value.An adult ticket is £6, concessions £5. A family ticket – for 2 adults and up to 3 children is only £15.”
There is plenty of free parking at Cheltenham Racecourse (follow AA signs) or why not make a day of it and go by steam train? There is plenty of car parking at Toddington station (also AA signed) and a frequent train service.
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