The Rally always seems to come and go so quickly, but with everything this year being so busy and working so well, partly due to the fantastic weather, it seems no time at all since we (that’s the royal we!) first started marking out the layout of the Rally at Onslow Park this year. But before our thoughts turn too far towards the 2018 Shrewsbury Steam Rally, let’s take a brief look back at the 2017 rally.
We are delighted to announce that the world-famous Red Arrows will be performing a flypast at 3:04pm on the Sunday afternoon of this year’s Shrewsbury Steam Rally.
A Model T Speedster racing car built in the 1920’s and the bright yellow vehicle, owned by David Beddoes of North Shropshire, promises to delight visitors! David Beddoes said: “I have owned the 3 litre inline four cylinder side valve engine for 7 years after rescuing it as it has a special rear axle that … Read more
A new attraction at our 2017 rally will be the Hunslet 2-6-2T locomotive No. 85 courtesy of the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway (W&LLR).
Hunslet 2-6-2T locomotive No. 85 was built in 1954 for service in Sierra Leone and purchased from a scrap dealer by the W&LLR in 1975. It’s been a feature exhibit in the summer-long festival of ‘Fire, Furnace and Steam’ at Blists Hill Victorian Town until Friday 25th August, after which it will then make its debut at Shrewsbury Steam Rally.
Our 2017 Rally will feature a joint exhibition with the Mary Webb Society, about the Shropshire poet and authoress, Mary Webb. Not just to commemorate the 90th anniversary of her death, but also the centenary of the publication of her book: Gone to Earth.
The Trevithick 1802 Coalbrookdale Replica Locomotive is coming to Shrewsbury Steam Rally We’re pleased to announce that, in association with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, a full-size working replica of the first railway locomotive in the world, the Trevithick 1802 Coalbrookdale Replica Locomotive, will be at this year’s Shrewsbury Steam Rally. Edward Goddard, Society Chairman said: … Read more
New for the 2017 Rally – The Portsmouth Action Field Gun Display Team will be performing a truly spectacular event called the South Africa Challenge, when a Command 1 tonne, 12-pounder field gun and limber (a two-wheeled cart designed to support the trail and the stock of a field carriage) will be raced across the main arena.
After the recent years of one dry rally day followed by a wet day, it made a nice change to have the forecasted weather for the two rally days looking reasonably bright, but not too hot!
There’s a definite growing interest in steam threshing in Shropshire; as more and more derelict threshing boxes are springing back to life, with a ‘sight, sound and smell’ to behold.
Mike Llewellyn, our Society Archivist, first met Dave in early 2011 after requests for information and photographs for the book that Mike was compiling to mark the 50th anniversary of our society.