Crank Up steam engine show attracts thousands

Jack Fleet at Saffron Walden Crank Up. Picture: Roger King

Jack Fleet at Saffron Walden Crank Up. Picture: Roger King - Credit: Archant

Steam engine enthusiasts descended on Newport at the weekend for the revival of the Saffron Walden Crank Up.

More than 3,000 people went to the event, which featured 16 full-sized working engines, vintage vehicles and a children’s fun fair.

Michael Pumphrey, a committee member, said: “We had been running events at Audley End but we were looking for a bigger venue and we took the opportunity to revive the name.

“There used to be the Shire Hill Crank Up run by Paul Engelmann. People were quite fond of the

memories so it caused a bit of

excitement when we announced the Crank Up was coming back.

“The weather was on our side and it was great to see so many children there.

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“We would have six to a dozen working engines at our normal events, so to have 16 was excellent and great to have the support of the exhibitors who had a fun weekend.

“One engine even made it here under its own steam. It came from Haddenham, so its a good 30 miles and it had to go through the centre of Cambridge.”

He added: “If it all goes well again, we shall return again next year, on the second weekend of May.”