Cornish Steam Fair (West Of England) 2017

Discussion in 'Events' started by Skankin_giant, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. Skankin_giant

    Skankin_giant Well-Known Member

    1st day of the West of England went without a hitch, few heavy showers but everything else went well.
    One disappointment was how much the show has been cut down, cost saving exercise but the rally was once known for being the largest in Cornwall but now it seems less than half the size it used to be, Dorset changing it's dates have put a few people off doing this one the week before.
    But each section has had to have a cut in numbers (Just over 80 Stationary Engine from what used to be 100-150, though it would seem cars got away with it. Sadly I don't think we will see a return of the glory days from when it was up St Agnes, the numbers of steams and attractions like the wall of death is now a distant memory and probably best I adopt the new name of the Cornish Steam Fair, though that doesn't really suite as I couldn't see the steam driven fair it once had.

    Anyways enough of me moaning about how things used to be better in the old days.... at least I didn't need to be pulled in and out like St Agnes....

    To the Photos!

    I don't think I mentioned I took my Stuart H1 :embarrassed: ran all day without fault, made a little mess out of the exhaust but apart from that it ran nice and warm with about 500W of load, if I picked it up to 50v I would have pulled 1kw from the bulbs but for the sake of my neighbours I stuck to a healthy tick over.... still not easiest to unload/load, a better trailer is needed really but can't warrant it for one engine...

    [​IMG]DSCF0423 by Stephen Williams, on Flickr

    A few which grabbed my attention.

    Chris Harper's Series 1 Petter M was very nice, would love to find one of these not likely to happen but we live in hope...

    [​IMG]DSCF0352 by Stephen Williams, on Flickr

    You don't see too many Hartop FE's about, fitted with a Stuart P3 carb for the keen eyed.

    [​IMG]DSCF0403 by Stephen Williams, on Flickr

    ABC APU Mk2 which was for sale (might have sold... not to me...)

    [​IMG]DSCF0419 by Stephen Williams, on Flickr

    Lovely running Stover, it is owned by the same chap who has my grandfathers tear drop flywheel'ed CT.

    [​IMG]DSCF0418 by Stephen Williams, on Flickr

    Nice Tangye

    [​IMG]DSCF0339 by Stephen Williams, on Flickr

    And another.

    [​IMG]DSCF0340 by Stephen Williams, on Flickr

    Oh and another.

    [​IMG]DSCF0342 by Stephen Williams, on Flickr

    This ran lovely though I'm not sure what it is, I have a program in the car...

    [​IMG]DSCF0334 by Stephen Williams, on Flickr

    And the rest are here.

    Tomorrow should see a few more engines turning up so will update them later. Might be able to do a video as I don't have the kids tomorrow....

    Cheers, Steve

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