Whistle and steam on a sunny afternoon


This wee lad didn’t want me touching his boss’s fire engine…

Yesterday (Sunday, 7th June 2015) it was a nice day, so I cycled up the A515 to the Steam Party event at Klondyke Mill in Draycott in the Clay – It’s an event I often go to; quintessentially English, it’s a feast for mechanical geeks, people watchers and vintage buffs of all stripes.

The twice yearly ‘Steam Party’ is regular, and the next one is on the 17th and 18th October 2015. It’s well worth a visit, but the entrance fee can be a shock if there’s a few of you; but the fuel alone isn’t cheap and the North Staffs and Cheshire Traction Engine Club need all the funds they can raise.

One of the best things about this event is the characters – and their dogs. This is our country and people at ease with themselves, and having fun. I love it.

I still await the currently laid up @TheStymaster paying this shindig a visit. Now a fully fledged bus anorak, it’ll not be long before he’s up here feeling the throb of the Crossley diesel, before doing something that’ll get him banned for good. Get well soon, old chap.

After the steam extravaganza, I cycled home via Marchington, and over Marchington Cliff up to Hoar Cross, stopping on the way at the Church of St. John at Woodroffe’s, near Marchington Woodlands. It’s a remarkable church, essentially in the middle of nowhere. It’s gorgeous.

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2 Responses to Whistle and steam on a sunny afternoon

  1. Clive says:

    Nice one Bob. You need to be careful at those sort of rallys, you can become addicted to that blend of coal smoke and steam.

  2. David Evans says:

    hi Bob
    love that MGB! thanks for the super photos
    kind regards

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