STEAM in ENGLAND


| November/December 1962


8 Hamilton Road Lincoln, England

There was sport too for we boys. Due to the long period that the stacks had been standing in the farmyard, some mice had made their homes there. We stood round the stack each with a stick and as a sheaf was picked up to be put into the thrashing machine, one or two mice might be revealed. So sticks would come down on the poor mice. I well remember one boy catching a mouse alive and took it to school in his pocket, unfortunately for the boy, the mouse got out of his pocket in school and there was pandemonium. Girls screaming, boys laughing and school teacher was furious. Needless to say that boy was caned.

I am sending a few photo's I took at a Traction Engine Rally near Lincoln, and the engine made by Rustons was a type used for driving the threshing machine. The Lincoln April Pleasure Fair has been held here ever since before I can remember and I am 73. It is still held though of course it has altered in design and build over the years. As a pleasure fair, I think they were far better and much more fun just over 50 years ago, than they are today. There was more variety and no stentorian loud speakers. Included in my pictures are two beautiful fairground organs, the Marenghi being really impressive and it played music from 'My Fair Lady'. It was much admired at the Rally.

There is also a print of an old steam road roller, and I just had to photograph it, because it has my name there on. Finally a print of a cultivation engine. These are still used in some parts of Lincolnshire. You may be aware that two such engines are needed, one each side of the field. As one engine pulls the big plough, with a man aboard, with the wire cable as seen on the drum beneath the boiler, the other engine pays out its cable. When the plough reaches one engine, the other engine moves up field a few yards and then it in turn takes up the pull, and so it goes on.



The account of the Steam Whistle Concert, I found most interesting (in the Jan.-Feb. issue), and I would have loved to be present. What a grand idea.

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