The Bedford Steam Engine Preservation Society


| January/February 1961



Garret tractor

A Garret which belongs to Mr. J. W. Powell of Ashton, Kynes. It's No. 33738 built 1919 hp 4. This engine has been completely stripped down and rebuilt. This Garret tractor attended 1959 Northleach rally for the first time since it has been rebuilt.

Affiliated to the National Traction Engine Club President: HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF BEDFORD Hon. Secretary: J. CRAWLEY, Field House, Turvey, Bedfordshire.

Dear Editor,

Having been a reader of your excellent magazine which I obtain through my very good friend Bob Pratt of Ipswich, England, I was wondering whether you could help me by giving a mention in the Album of what we think is the largest Rally yet held. It was a three day affair, the Saturday being devoted to the arrivals of the Engines, many under their own steam, from all parts of the country. In the evening we had the old fairground organs running making electricity for their own coloured lights and driving the old time (folding paper) organs, four of which we had present.

On the Sunday we had Engines giving demonstrations of the work for which they were originally built --Steam Ploughing, Steam Mole Draining, Steam Threshing, Steam Rolling and Showman's Engines again driving the organs.

On the Monday which was the main Rally Day, His Grace the Duke of Bedford, on whose Estate the Rally was held, arrived on the field steering the writer's 7 n.h.p., 1920 Fowler Showman's Engine 'Kitchener' Immediately upon entering the ring he was welcomed in the customary manner by every Engine blowing its whistle, some noise, as there were 65 other Engines present. The main event of the afternoon was a challenge race between His Grace the Duke of Bedford and the Marquis of Tavistock, his son. Immediately the race had started, the field was deluged with rain causing the 21,000 odd spectators to seek shelter under the trees. Meanwhile the contestants, much to their credit, continued the race, His Grace being the ultimate winner.

Unfortunately the weather forecast for the weekend spoilt our chances of realising anything like the anticipated attendance, which is usual for these events, and consequently we have a very large number of programmes available and I did think that perhaps you would be so kind as to mention in the Album, that these might be obtained from the writer at 25 cents post free.