Today (22 June) was supposed to be the Model Steam Rally held by the – Model Steam Road Vehicle Society (MSRVS). Unfortunately a group of “travellers” descended on the town and were flooded out of their camp site. They then moved to higher ground and the area where the rally was to take place was vandalised, forcing the cancellation of the rally. I missed the rally last year as I was elsewhere, and was really looking forward to it this year.
However, I decided to hold my own photo essay based on images that I took in 2016 and 2017, after all I do not get too many opportunities to see live steam in action. The steamer are not full size replicas, but half, quarter and smaller replicas and have all the charm of the real thing but without the need for heavy workshop and a crane.
There are not too many cars on display at the event, but they are fun to see, and I have to admit I have my favourites.
That blue Zephyr is really a blast from my past.
There is also a nice variety of bric-a-brac for sale at the sale tables, and of course a chance to acquire a handy new hammer (or two). I always used to argue with one of my work colleagues about how hammers are so important that there are at least 2 songs about them!
I am not sure whether there is a song about scales though.
One of the exhibitors had a really complicated small town on display along with the associated vehicles and people. It was really fascinating because there was so much small detail.
This is only a small part of the exhibit though. It was very difficult to photograph because of the angles and compactness of the display. Small replica steam engines and trains are really amazing pieces of engineering in their own right, and a number of them were on display.
However, we were probably all here to see the steam engines, and this is a collection of images from the three events that I attended. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed seeing them. Maybe next year we will be luckier.
Special thanks to all those who put in so much effort into keeping this hobby alive.
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