Full steam ahead for railly wet engine day
PUBLISHED: 10:14 09 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:14 09 October 2014
Engine models - dating back to the 1940s - were not the only things steaming up on Saturday, as visitors fought the elements to attend Great Chesterford's annual celebration of all things engine.
Great Chesterford Steam Up
Don Day brought his four inch scale Garrett agricultural engine from Ongar, Essex. The full size models were built in Little Easton in Suffolk, and would have run from Little Chesterford until the 1940s.
From left, Bella, Ian and Luke Martin, Sally Edes, Wendy Martin brighten up the day
David Lockwood with his granddaughter Celia Clerk, both from Great Chesterford, Celia had her face painted at Steam Up, rode on a tractor and been on five helter skelter rides.
Don Day operating the four inch agricultural Garrett model
No amount of bad weather could get in the way of a real steam engine journey
From left, Pat and Neil Meads, in their family-owned Ford model done up by Pat's grandfather in the 1960s
A huge variety of engines and tractors were on display at Steam Up 2014
Roger Smith and Ian Allman from the East Anglia Ambulance Service
From left, Faye Setterfield, Chloe Petchey, Calvin Newman, Joshua Morrison, Lisa Burgess and Ian Morrison. The group gave tractor rides to visitors to raise money for East Anglia Ambulance service.
Through driving rain and fierce winds, hundreds of residents and rail enthusiasts took steam engine-led rides, enjoyed hot dogs and supported a number of local traders, plying jam, knitwear and other goods to the tune of a spirits-raising fairground organ.
Sienna Clark, three, from Great Chesterford, attended the event with her grandfather, David Lockwood.
He said: “She’s been on a tractor, had her face painted and sampled the helter skelter ... five times!”
As well as a fine showcase of vintage motorcars, tractors and steam engines, which would have run from Great Chesterford until well into the 1940s, money was raised for East of England Ambulance Service.
A fancy-dressed group, including a donkey, parrot, tiger and lion, were giving engine rides in aid of the ambulance service, which also had a stall at the event to raise awareness.
Roger Smith, one of those manning the stall, said: “It’s the third time I’ve been here – it’s a great event.”