Saturday, 17 May 2008

Steam Rally

Location : Stoke Goldington

This is definetely a late post! I was so busy and have no time to upload the picture on time. Sometimes last week we were at stoke goldington steam rally out of coincidence (yes, we didn't plan it at all! even Josiah had to buy a new slipper because wearing shoe was unquestionably hot!) .
So what is in there in "Steam rally"?
Well... there is fun fair, a lot of occasional shop, antique car... and of course, steam engine.

There is loads of antique bike/motor bike. And Yusdi bought me a pretty straw hat because the heat is really unbearable.
Yes, Josiah loveeeeessss CAR! Let me remind you that his first meaningful sound is "brmm...brmmm".

And more cars....
And a TANK???!!!

And more antique cars....

And here it is, the core of the festival. That's right, ANTIQUE STEAM ENGINE..!!! (Probably Josiah can't tell the similarity between Thomas and this one). There is about 20 Steam engine on the field that day.
It only cost 1 GBP for a ride. But be prepare to get coal all over your shirt and hair!
A little bit of technical background....
A traction engine is a wheeled steam engine used to move heavy loads, plough ground or to provide power at a chosen location. The name derives from the Latin tractus, meaning 'drawn', since the prime function of any traction engine is to draw a load behind it. They are sometimes called road locomotives to distinguish them from (railway) steam locomotives – that is, steam engines that run on rails.

Traction engines tend to be large, robust and powerful, but heavy, slow, and poorly maneuverable. Nevertheless, they revolutionized agriculture and road haulage at a time when the only alternative prime mover was the draught horse.

They became popular in industrialised countries from around 1850, when the first self-propelled portable steam engines for agricultural use were developed. Production continued well into the early part of the 20th century, when competition from internal combustion engine -powered tractors saw them fall out of favour, although some continued in commercial use in the UK into the 1950s and later. All types of traction engines have now been superseded, in commercial use. However, several thousand examples have been preserved worldwide, many in working order. Steam fairs are held throughout the year in the UK, and in other countries, where visitors can experience working traction engines at close hand.

Traction engines were cumbersome and ill-suited to crossing soft or heavy ground so their agricultural use was usually either "in the belt" – powering farm machinery by means of a continuous leather belt driven by the flywheel – or in pairs, dragging an implement on a cable from one side of a field to another. However, where soil conditions permitted, direct hauling of implements ("off the drawbar") was preferred – in the U.S., this lead to the divergent development of the steam tractor.

Ok, enough technical facts.

Last but not least.... Josiah inside vintage London Bus.


Tim said...

Very good looks like you enjoyed it :)

J.H said...

Yes, definetely :-) Probably because this was our first time too!!

Marfa said...

Pretty straw hat!!!