The National Traction Engine Trust

On 10th September our Chairman, Robert Herring was contacted by the BBC for an interview at very short notice! He gave a good description of traction engines and why they are such fascinating machines plus of course a good account of the work of the Trust. Perhaps it is appropriate to allow Robert to describe the experience.

"I received an email from a researcher for the Simon Mayo Radio 2 show some two hours before the show. Once it was established who I was, the researcher invited me to be interviewed live by Simon Mayo to talk about traction engines. The interest of Radio 2 had been raised on the previous show, when a family on the road with their engine to the Bishops Castle Michaelmas Fair had phoned in to describe what they were doing

A few minutes before the start of the programme I was phoned again by the researcher and then it was straight into the show – live, with no knowledge or briefing of what would be discussed or asked. This was somewhat daunting.

Afterwards there were several points I wished I had made but in such a short space of time it was not possible. It was all good fun."

You can download a copy of the interview to listen to by clicking the link below:

14 Oct 2011