Affiliated to the Southern Federation of Model Engineering Societies.  


A reminder that The Sarum Model Traction Engine Club has been invited to exhibit their engines at the Salisbury Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations to be held on 4th June at Hudson’s Field. It has been suggested that we show between 6 to 10 engines including part built and static with a couple of engines in steam. It has yet to be established if there will be a separate area to drive any of them. We will have a large gazebo on site for members and water/coal and parking arrangements are being discussed with the organizers. The committee think that this would be a great opportunity for the general public to meet the club and put us on the map. If you are able to attend and bring an engine please let either Peter Parrish or Martyn Jones know, engines that are in steam will need proof of current insurance and boiler test documentation to meet the Risk Assessment and event organizers criteria.


Members of the club wish Paul Cosens a speedy recovery after his recent knee operation.


A Life Time Passion for Steam,  by Mike Penny.

My apprenticeship years continued….

This engine was later sold to Mr R Bailey of Amesbury who was the man who did all of the steam repairs in James and Crockerell’s yard, he later put rubber tyres on the Garrett and converted her to a Showman’s Tractor. I found out later that R H Dingle owned Kelly Bray in Cornwall and the Garrett was working in the saw mill there, James and Crockerell bought the mill in 1951 and the Garrett tractor works number 33987 was delivered to Durrington on May 14th 1955 on Dingles low-loader.Another local engine attending this Saturday and on many years after was Fowler single cylinder agricultural number 7786 “Alfred” new in1898 and owned for many years by Mr Toomer of Durrington, previous owner E C Lovell of Andover who used it for farm duties. For many years while in Mr Toomer’s ownership “Alfred” could be seen parked close to “The Plough” public house in Durrington, often steamed and driven to support local events. The engine changed hands a couple of times and has been for many years in the ownership of Mr B Snelgar of Whiteparish.

There were a lot more engines at Finkley that day that I became familiar with over the next few years and I took quite a few photographs which I still have. I am sorry to say I do not remember much detail about what happened that day, I think I must have walked about in a daze with all these different engines to look at, what one must remember is that rallies in the early days were only one day events with an arena where a parade with commentary of all vehicles attending took place at 2.00pm and then more displays and games with engines up to about 6.00pm then the engines were either loaded to be taken home or parked and sheeted for transporting another day. Other attractions on the field were a model exhibition, miniature railway and refreshments, there were no trade stands or lines of stalls the sort of commercialisation you see at rallies today.

The meaning of the word rally is for a group of people with the same interest or passion for a certain subject, to meet on a predetermined date at the same venue and talk and enjoy their collective hobby.I cannot remember our journey home we must have loaded the roller and drove to Amesbury and after dropping me off Les and Norman took the roller back up to Boscombe Down ready for work on Monday morning. I pedalled back home full of stories of what I had seen. I doubt that my parents at this stage realised what an influence steam engines and rallies would have on my life in the years to come.

(to be continued next month…)

Garrett Nº 33987 at the Andover Rally 1956

 Fowler Nº 7786 “Alfred” at the Andover Rally 1956

A few notes from the recent AGM held on April 20th.


Brian Wiltshire proposed that the club committee stand for another year in office, the motion was seconded by John Towle.

Annual club membership subscriptions have increased to £7.00, can you please forward your subs to Charlie Warne, Burnlea Cottage, High Street, Fordingbridge, SP6 2AU. 

The chairman discussed in more detail the Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations to be held on Hudson’s Field in Salisbury on the 4th June and asked for members that would be able to attend. The event is open to the general public from 2.00pm and closes at 10.00pm, the event organisers have requested that no exhibitor should leave the show site until 9.00pm.

As the club is asked to attend more shows it was suggested that we purchase a fold out display stand, this would be used to promote the club and show pictures of our events to the public. It was proposed that we spend up to £150.00 on such a display stand.

The Wallop Vintage Gathering is held on Sunday 26th August the day before our club event at Newton Tony, the chairman stated that if any body wanted to combine the two events and save on travelling expenses overnight camping could be arranged at Newton Tony. Please contact Pete Parrish if you plan on camping at Newton Tony.

During the past year the possibility had been discussed of purchasing a club engine with the aid of a Lottery Grant but to do this we were advised that our club constitution would need to be amended. Roger Melton who has had experience in obtaining grants presented a modified club constitution of the format that would be acceptable if it was agreed to apply for such a grant. The chairman stated that the club membership would have to raise funds towards the grant and other issues would have to be considered including storing the engine, transporting and maintaining it. After further discussion and vote it was agreed to place the amended constitution on hold and to review it when the membership has had time to consider the requirements.

Dave Watts Steam Up and Road Run , 27th May at Pugs Hole Cottage, Frenchmore, West Tytherly, Salisbury, SP5 1PA (tel 01794 340252). This event takes place in the gardens of Pugs Hole Cottage by kind permission of member Dave Watts, tea and coffee will be supplied but members attending are requested to bring some food along for the barbeque, our chef for the day back by popular demand will be John Findley. 

The Burrell Saga,

Continued from the January 2012 newsletter…

Well! I think the end is in sight after over twenty years, although very little work had been done to the engine during January due to the cold damp weather, my garage suffering from condensation caused by the ever changing air temperatures and I had sprayed most of the bright metal in the garage with a rust preventative. Major tasks on the “to do list” (which seems to never end) include the manufacture of the water gauge protector and the sourcing of some toughened glass, modifying the car trailer so that a suitable canopy could be manufactured and fitted to cover the engine and make some better ramps for loading.

Fast forward to April, the tasks on the “to do list“ have been accomplished including the manufacture of a 6’x 4’x 4’trailer cover run up on the wife’s sewing machine. After a lot of pressure (no pun intended)  from Peter Parrish and Charlie Warne the date of April 15th was agreed for the first steam trial and with the boiler and tender filled with water it was time to light the first fire. So far so good, the weather was not to kind with a cold gale force wind blowing down the drive so the three of us sheltered in the garage until the gauge started to rise. A few small leaks appeared from the whistle, regulator glands and the steam manifold, these could be rectified on shut down. Steam was now steadily rising 80, 90, 100psi, but the safety valves didn’t blow, at 120psi they blew, to high for this engine so after checking the water pump and injector were working correctly the engine was run gently for the next hour until the fire went out, 25psi and its still turning over! So, my task for the following week was to adjust the spring tension on the safety valves, I manufactured  a simple testing fixture fed from a hand operated water pump with a gauge to check the adjusted valves and after a few attempts and “tuning” the vales were weeping at 85 and blowing at 95psi, success. The safety valve assembly was refitted to the cylinder block and now the wood insulation and cladding could be fitted to the boiler.

I carried out  a test steaming on Sunday 22nd April and all went as planned, safeties blowing correctly and dissipating steam with the fire and blower at max. Bring on the steam test, the weather delayed the testing for a few days but on Friday 27th April a successful steam test was achieved and certificate issued, now I can get the engine insured and try it through the gears.  

After over twenty years in the making the 4 ½” Burrell named “The Linnet” is

ready to use and enjoy, my thanks to all for their advice and encouragement throughout the build and steam testing.