The National Traction Engine Trust

During the five days that the Great Dorset Steam Fair is open to the public, the National Traction Engine Trust will be running a daily prize draw, open to anyone who visits our Marquee (in its usual position – yay!) on the far side of the Playpen, next to the Ploughing Field – and joins or renews their membership.

The draw will be made at 4pm each day, and announced over social media and Steam Fair FM, of which we are proud to sponsor once again.

We would like to thank the following companies and organisations who have kindly donated prizes:

The Bedfordshire Steam Engine Preservation Society

Gloucester Brewery

Wavelength Recruitment

Steam Fair FM

For those not able to attend Dorset, or have or will joined us or renewed during the month of August you will automatically be entered into a different prize draw, of which details are found here.

14 Aug 2018

The Long Shop Museum at Leiston in Suffolk is dedicated to preserving the memory of Richard Garrett & Sons and forms the focal point of this video.

The museum centres around the Long Shop itself, a grade two star listed building, which when originally constructed in 1852/53 became the first flow line production line in the world.

There are many Garrett artefacts and products housed in the museum, some of which are examined, along with preserved Garrett steam engines which are seen at events around the UK.

Rare cine archive footage shows Garrett peat harvesting equipment at work in Ireland and trolley buses which were built by Garretts in the 1920s.

In 2001 an event was held at the Long Shop Museum to celebrate the 20th anniversary, an event which attracted steam engines from various parts of the country, including a 1926 Garrett wagon which travelled all the way from Yorkshire under its own power. Part of the wagon’s journey is captured along with footage of the other attending engines which included a self moving portable which was making its first ever appearance in public

To order a copy of this fantastic DVD please visit our online store at

12 Aug 2018

Those of you that follow us on Social Media, will be aware of a couple of special offers aimed at our members. We have plenty of things in the pipeline which we will unveil as and when. Included is a discount offer at the Severn Valley Railways ‘Steam On The Road’ event, this weekend (11 & 12 August) - where members will get one third off the ticket price to ride the line from Kidderminster Station - don’t forget your membership cards!

09 Aug 2018

Blasting off at midnight on Saturday 18th August, Steam Fair FM will be on air on 87.9 mhz FM in Dorset and online worldwide 24 hours a day for 10 days, bringing you all the news and views from the show, up to the minute traffic and weather reports, fabulous prize competitions, all your dedications and messages ...and the finest selection of Vintage Hits from the 50s to the early 90s – all the best songs that you so rarely hear on the radio now!

08 Aug 2018

We have received a number of enquiries regarding Membership renewals for the Steam Apprentice Club in time for the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Our Membership Secretary has given us a deadline of Saturday August 11th, after which time the arrival of membership cards may not reach you on time for the Dorset activities.

07 Aug 2018

We are delighted to be able to unveil a Membership Prize Draw that will run throughout the month of August 2018.

We have a fantastic prize on offer as well, thanks to the good folk at our very own Engine Owners Section who have donated a place on our Driver Training Course, held in Worcestershire in May 2019.

To be eligible for the prize draw you simply have to Join, Renew or Rejoin the National Traction Engine Trust, either online or in person at one of the events we attend in August 2019.

Understandably, some may be disappointed if they joined in the previous few months, however we plan to run this draw (with differing prizes) on a monthly basis – and we have to start somewhere.

Due to the nature of some of the prizes, the draw will only be open to members of the NTET aged 18 or above. The ‘Driving Course’ place can be transferred if given away as a gift, but no monetary alternative can be offered. The Trusts decision is final in this competition is final.

Good Luck!

01 Aug 2018

As promised, Robert Goodwill MP, one of our Patrons, has made contact with the DfT asking for the clarification on the issues on Roadworthiness that had been outlined to him, and consequently a communication has been recevied via Robert from a senior DfT Roadworthiness Testing policy maker. 

The communication was unfortunately received too late to be included in the Technical Services Units submission for the recent issue of Steaming.  That artice is now subject to modification, but in a positive manner..

The advice we can now give, and which we ask you to accurately share amongst our steaming friends, is as follows;

  1. If your vehicle is already registered as an ' Historic Vehicle' you may find that exemption from MOT Testing has been automatically applied; you will know this if you successfully attempt to re-tax the vehicle using the DVLA's on-line service, i.e. your request is not challenged and dismissed. If the attempt to re-tax is dismissed then follow these guidelines below;
  2. If the vehicle weighs less than 3.5 tonne, was first registered over 40 years ago, and has not been substantially modified in the past 30 years (no definition has yet been given to 'substantially modified' for steam vehicles) then exemption can be claimed at the Post Office using DVLA Form V112 'Declaration of Exemption from MOT' and ticking Category 'r' - A Vehicle of Historic Interest - VHI.
  3. If your vehicle weighs less than 3.5 tonnes and is not a VHI but is not capable of exceeding 15.5 mph by design, exemption should be claimed using Category 'o' on DVLA Form V112
  4. If your vehicle weighs more than 3.5 tonne and is a Road Roller exemption should be claimed using Category '2' on DVLA Form V112G.
  5. If your vehicle weighs more than 3.5 tonne and is any form of Steam propelled vehicle other than a Road Roller, exemption should be claimed using Category '26' - 'Steam Propelled Vehicle', on DVLA Form V112G - this form assumes everything above 3.5 tonnes weight is a goods vehicle. Don't challenge it, the DVLA appear to have accepted this blurred edge approach.

The National Traction Engine Trust believes that the above categories, agreed to by the DfT should allow all types of steam vehicles to claim exemption to MOT.

30 Jul 2018

Although not directly associated with the event, members of the National Traction Engine Trust may like to know about the 2018 Steam Car Club of Great Britain Summer Tour.

Held between August 20th and August 24th, the touring group will be based at The Holdford Arms Brewpub, which is located near Tetbury in Gloucestershire.

For further information please visit either the Steam Car Club of Great Britain or National Steam Car Association websites.

26 Jul 2018

This coming weekend (July 27/28/29) will see the National Traction Engine Trust attend the huge CarFest event at Bolesworth Park in Cheshire.

Principally organised to raise funds for BBC Children In Need, the Trust has gathered together around 15 engines of varying size and type and will be offering the festival goers an opportunity to ‘have a go’. Whilst recruiting new members is not essentially the name of the game, we do hope that as with 2017 we manage to raise the profile of not just the Trust but also the road steam movement in general. With luck our activities will encourage some of the many thousands of people that attend to check out a steam event closer to home, or at the very least have some appreciation for them when they are met on the open road by an engine or two heading to or from a show.

Our thanks as ever go to those that have given up time to attend on our behalf.

23 Jul 2018

Latest news from the FBHVC:

The Directors of The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (The Federation), are delighted to announce that their application for student funding for their Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship has been granted.

The original course, the only one of its kind in the UK with Ofqual accreditation, has been re-launched to meet the Government’s new Trailblazer criteria, with a greater emphasis on preserving basic engineering skills and practices. With the broader application of these skills we have taken the opportunity to include options for heritage aviation, heritage marine and steam as well as road vehicles. The removal of any age criteria for the course opens it up to older students, particularly those looking for a second career or former service people wanting a career in civilian life. The existing apprenticeship, which has been offered at Bicester since its launch in 2014 will start conversion to the new standard from August this year. The improved course has been created by a panel of restoration businesses and training providers to ensure the skills taught are those needed for the historic sector and these have also been “future proofed” by including a number of specialisms currently not available, such as Trim and Coachwork. Plans are being made to add these at a later date and the funding announced today will also cover these options.

Commenting on the news The Federation’s Skills Director, Karl Carter said today (12 July), ” Two months ago we received the news that the Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship scheme we have been working on for over a year had been allocated a funding band which was insufficient to make the course financially viable to deliver.

The difference between the funding and the delivery cost has to be paid by the employer on top of paying the apprentice salary and travel costs. We therefore appealed the decision and I am very pleased to confirm that the appeal was successful and we have been allocated a higher funding band which allows us to launch the new course in the Autumn.”

Over the last six months the level of interest in the course has been tremendous and the Heritage Skills Academy that has been running the course from The Federation’s dedicated facility at Bicester Heritage has seen significant growth in numbers of employers coming forward and particularly the number of people wanting to do this apprenticeship and make a career in historic vehicles.

Heritage Skills Academy Website

12 Jul 2018

Yes, we know – almost like a stuck record isn’t it. Banners, banners, banners. We can hang them here, hang them there, we can brighten up your event, we can sell you spaces on them to advertise the list goes on and on.

However one banner in question has taken us quite by surprise in the way it has sold. That is of course the ‘Generic Safety Banner’, which is designed to be placed on the back of any slow moving/towed vehicle, quickly and simply without the need for electrics, screws or tape measures. Simply unroll, attach and off you go.

It’s a simple inexpensive solution, and a way in which the Trust can be seen to be helping people without the over sensitive accusing us of being the ‘Steam Engine Police’.

The added bonus for members is that they are cheaper to members of the Trust at just £15 each, saving you £3 on the £18 price to non members. You do of course save on postage, which is another £1.50 – a cool saving of at least a pint and a half of beer when you arrive safely at your destination (well it works that way in Gloucestershire anyway).  As a member, buying two saves you nearly six quid at £28, whilst non members will be paying £32 plus the postage.

It is but a small benefit we admit, but if you add it up in partaking in these members offers you will have reduced your membership fee to about 45p a week (give or take).

With lots more special deals and offers heading this way in the weeks and months to come, becoming a member really will save you a bit of money. However, the long and the short of it is that we are keen for as many people as want them to get hold of these banners – so what are you waiting for. – go to Misc items. All your options are readily available.

09 Jul 2018

With the news currently full of pictures of moorland ablaze in the Northwest of England, and the subsequent search for the source of the flames, be it natural, accident or deliberate – it does bring into focus one of the downsides to this thus far glorious summers we are all enjoying.

It is these pictures that possibly prompted an email from a non-enthusiastic member of the public, who was quite rightly enquiring what the dangers were in driving an engine adjacent to a field that had been exposed to more than its fair share of sunlight, and no real water for several weeks now. She had apparently been told that back in 1976, there was a case of a fire engine chasing down an engine putting out various fires as it went. Be this story fact or fiction, it’s irrelevant to this blog post, but the perception is important. After a few email exchanges, and what was described as a fish bowl coming out of the top of the chimney, she was reassured enough to understand that sensible and time tested measures were in place on engines to prevent ‘sparks’ flying skyward, catching in the breeze and destroying next month’s supply of corn flakes.

It is also worth noting that in these conditions, if you see an engine without a ‘fish bowl’ or ‘balloon’ emanating from its front end. Many have internal ones fitted of were originally build with one. It is after all, not a new problem.

Here at the NTET, we do not tell people how to drive their engines or what to attach to them, but the vast majority understand the implications of a carelessness display of power in these conditions and use their common sense and time served understanding of driving steam engines on the road in taking suitable precautions and planning the route to avoid any precarious situations.

With the weather looking to continue its glorious state for a few more weeks to come, the ‘Spark Arrester’ really is the crown on many an engine.

02 Jul 2018

Wow. What a weekend that was! Busy, tiring but great fun.

Our first Marquee presentation of 2018 at the Banbury Rally, which is actually held at Bloxham went down well despite the marquee in question being half the size we originally anticipated it being. Not to worry, it all turned out well in the end – in fact possibly a little better than we had expected. Sales were good, as was the feedback to those that have recently re-joined the Trust. We even signed up a good few new members, which is always a very pleasing feeling for the team on the ground.

It wasn’t just the Trust on show though, The Steam Apprentice Club could be found at the other end of the field flying the flag for our junior division with their Pop Up, Lady Sylvia and of course Justin Steam – who it has to be said succumbed to the heat on Sunday afternoon and was found asleep on the job.

A little further north than Oxfordshire in Yorkshire, the SAC also held its annual Leeds Driving Day. Something that was considered a rip roaring success by the organisers, the candidates, their parents and ourselves. Our thanks goes to everyone who made the experience of teaching a new generation the skills needed to carry this hobby on into the future – and word had it we may well have a candidate for Steam Apprentice of the year!

It was also great to hear some great reports about the Tees Cottage Pumping Station Open Weekend, where a number of NTET members took advantage of the discounted entry.

Thankyou to all involved in any Trust activity this weekend, it really was a fantastic way to move from Spring to Summer – oh and we have once again actually SOLD OUT of those warning banners, but fear not there are more on the way!

25 Jun 2018

An increasing number of event organisers are asking exhibitors, including owners of steam powered vehicles or equipment, to furnish 'Risk Assessments' in support of their attendance at the event.

The Technical Services Unit has prepared a family of pro-forma Risk Assessment Forms designed to represent the most common types of steam powered traction engines, showman's engines, road rollers and stationary engines. The National Traction Engine Trust provides these Generic Risk Assessments without warranty; implied or expressed. The user may use the forms freely and modify them at will but no responsibility can be accepted by the NTET for these or any resultant ‘risk assessments’ which may be subsequently submitted for scrutiny to a Third Party. For further advice email the Technical Services Unit via

The Risk Assessment forms are available in pdf format and may be downloaded, printed or saved for amendment by the user by clicking on the appropriate type listed here:

20 Jun 2018

Regular followers of our Social Media accounts will have noticed that over the past few weeks we have been Tweeting, Instagaming and Facebooking all about the various discounts that can now be obtained as part of your membership to the National Traction Engine Trust.

With the school summer holidays rapidly approaching we thought it an ideal time to start looking for a few extra treats and days out for our membership. We are aware though that we can’t do it all ourselves so we are on the lookout for museums, family attractions, pumping stations that wants to get involved to get in touch as it may take us a while to get to everyone ourselves! As you can imagine we have quite a few incentives we can offer back to anyone signing up to the scheme, which will get the attention of members and non members alike.

For further information please get in touch with us via:

18 Jun 2018

The National Traction Engine Trust has always made a conscious effort to get out and about to as many shows as possible.

It is today as much as it has always been a vital part of our role as a charitable Trust to promote the world of road steam by providing information, through leaflets and books as well as a readily available representative of the organisation in pursuit of our stated aim of “preserving our heritage with steam on the road”.

Today on our Facebook page, we have been giving a few details of our next big event which will be at the Bloxham Rally, organised by the Banbury Steam Society. The dates are June 23 & 24, and we’ll be presenting a marquee where you’ll be able to get your hands on all sorts of goodies, have a chat with various Trustees and renew your memberships.

Obviously it’s also a great opportunity to join up as well! We’ll have several surprises on display and of course our own ‘Lady Sylvia’ will be taking part in the huge gathering of Steam Traction World Engines that will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary.

15 Jun 2018

Last weekend saw our annual Driver Training Course take place at Astwood Bank in Worcestershire.

As with previous occasions it was deemed a great success by all those tht attended.

We will be bringing a full report in a future issue of Steaming, but you can look out for additional images across our Social Media channels in the coming weeks and months.

15 May 2018

Members will have now received their latest issue of our Steaming Journal in which you will have been provided with information on the forthcoming changes to Data Protection Law.

We are committed to keeping your personal information safe and we have procedures now in place to secure your data to conform with the new laws as of May 2018.

All members are asked to read the document in Steaming, and sign and return the document or to follow these links to complete your ‘Acknowledgement of Privacy Notice.



For anyone not recieving Steaming, you can find a detailed explanation of GDPR and how it effects the National Traction Engine Trust (to follow) and Steam Apprentice Club


28 Apr 2018

If you follow our Social Media channels you’ll be well aware of our rather large banners that we seem to talk quite a lot about.

They are basically huge pictures (4x2metres) that line the walls of various model, craft and beer tents up and down the rally circuit. We of course also display them at the likes of the Great Dorset Steam Fair and the NEC Exhibitions we do.

They have the potential to be seen by tens of thousands of people, year after year.

As well as the picture they carry the NTET & SAC logos, as well as that of the business, show or club that sponsors them.

To get featured on one costs just £50, which not only helps you by getting seen it also helps us by getting more made and available.
If you feel this is of interest to you and you’d like to get involved, get in touch. The sooner you do so the more events we can cover for you.


25 Apr 2018

As part of our ongoing update of we ha,ve just had a look at our page for Steaming Magazine and made a few changes.






21 Apr 2018

We have heard a few rumblings of late that information on our proposed Authorised Water Extraction Scheme is hard to come by, so here for those interested in how it stands today is the link to the detail of the current standing of the project.


20 Apr 2018

With ‘Drive It Day’ just a few days away and many engine owners taking the opportunity to take their engines out on the road, our thoughts here at the National Traction Engine Trust are looking a little further into the future and our own take on ‘Drive It Day’, ‘Steam It Sunday’.

This year the event takes place on October 7th, and to help celebrate we have some engine plaques available for just £6 each.
They look good on Engines, living vans, trailers, support vehicles – tractors, lorries, family cars, just about anything really (you’d struggle to get one on a motorbike and they are a bit big for miniatures as well).

Order now, and get them while you can. Click here

18 Apr 2018

Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances the National Traction Engine Trust has had to cancel this years scheduled 'Members Day' at Gaydon.

We would like to extend our apologies to those members that were planning to visit us on the day.

Although nothing can be confirmed at present, we are working on an alternative 'Members Only Get Together' as a replacement event, although this WILL NOT be on the early May Bank Holiday weekend.

More news when we have it.







16 Apr 2018

The Department of Food & Rural Affairs recently asked for information on the use of solid fuels such as house coal, manufactured solid fuel and wood for domestic heating, and the impact that changes to the availability of these fuels would have on consumers and businesses.

The Government’s long term strategy is to see households move away from these polluting fuels towards cleaner technologies.  This call for evidence is a series of questions which will help Government consider what steps should be taken as they  transition towards this long term goal. It will help them understand the costs, impacts and benefits associated with any changes.

As an organisation the National Traction Engine Trust has responded, providing detail of how the road steam movement operates both on the road and in the rally field enviroment.

A full report regarding this subject will appear in a future edition of our members journal, Steaming.

You can read the information from DEFRA here.

15 Apr 2018

The latest issue of Vintage Spirit Magazine  carries another Communications Update from the Public Relations office here at the National.

You can also read it here.


14 Apr 2018

A full report on the 2018 Rally Organisers Conference held at Kilsby in late February will follow in the next few weeks, and the presentations that featured will be available to all as downloads.

Our apologies for the delay in getting this content online. 

25 Mar 2018

The National Traction Engine Trust is pleased to announce that our Exhibition/Sales Unit will be out and about during the 2018 season at the following events:

Old Warden

In addition to this we are also planning Marquee presentations at the following events:

South Cerney
Great Dorset Steam Fair

Our ‘Pop Ups’ will be out and about as well, which we’ll list in due course.

We would of course like to take the unit out and about ore regularly, but we are currently in a position of having to use commercial rates to move it from show to show. Ideally, we would like to hear from events who can move the unit to their shows, or even individuals who would be interested in moving the unit on a regular basis and enjoy the shows it attends once set up.

We appreciate in this day and age, this is a big ask but even someone taking it to and from their own show would help our limited budgets.

If you feel you can help in any shape or form, please contact us via


23 Mar 2018

The NEC in Birmingham will this weekend be welcoming hundreds of thousands of Car and Restoration enthusiasts for the annual Practical Classics Restoration Show.

As in previous year the National Traction Engine Trust along with the Steam Apprentice Club will be presenting the world of steam to visitors, in the shape of a number of exhibits.

We have two Living Vans in attendance, one which is 'as found' condition, the other complete and restored offering a great comparison to each other. Similarly these will be accompanied by a fully restored Foster Steam Tractor and a part built equivilent.

In addition to this the NTET along with the Sporting Bears will have a Burrell Road Locomotive and a Fowler Traction Engine in steam offering a driver experience to those that have always wanted the opportunity to 'have a go'

Its going to be a very special weekend, and members of the Trust get an opportunity to gain access at a discount. Just see details in your last issue of Steaming and dont forget your Membership Cards.

21 Mar 2018

On May 25th, 2018 the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) becomes law; it is a substantial strengthening of the old Data Protection Act which becomes redundant.

The main features of GDPR is the promotion of fairness in the disclosure and use of the personal data that is held, access to that data by the person it refers to, the subject, the ability of the subject to withdraw consent to the information being held and tighter security in the storing and transfer of personal information.

The NTET is working to ensure that it will be fully complaint by 25th May.

GDPR requires an organisation such as the NTET to notify the Information Commissioners Office of the nature of the data it holds, why it holds it and for how long and who has access to it.  GDPR also requires the NTET to advise its existing members individually about the personal information it holds on them via a Policy Statement.  This statement will require all existing members to respond stating whether or not they wish data to be held and used in the manner described. It will be part of the joining process that new members will be advised of the data being held and will have the option to opt out.  Opting out in either case will present us with considerable difficulties but that cannot be used as a reason not to allow someone to become a member.  We are urgently working towards devising and issuing the Policy Statement.

In the meantime members should be assured that the NTET takes very seriously its obligations under GDPR and in any case will never sell or give away any information it holds for any of its Members, Patrons, Officers or Associates.  It will solely use that information to provide membership services and to meet its charitable objectives and obligations.


19 Mar 2018

Our latest column in Vintage Spirit Magazine has been published, entitled 'Training To Safeguard Children & Vunerable Adults'.

Check out our 'Communications Updates' to read in full.

17 Mar 2018

The following words have been written by Anthony Coulls for an on behalf of the National Traction Engine Trust.

"Sir William - Bill - McAlpine was an enthusiast - an enthusiast for life, people and steam. The NTET is sorry to have lost Bill, for not only was he a valuable and supportive Patron, he was a lively and generous character and a very long standing member of the Trust. Many people know of his contribution to railway heritage, but for a good number of years, he owned and rallied a fine collection of traction engines and road steam vehicles from his Fawley property. Always willing to share time or experience, a number of special events at Fawley Hill in the last decade allowed he and Lady Judy to share their museum, railway and especially their company. We were privileged indeed to have Bill and Judy as guests at our AGM dinner, where Bill's contribution to preservation was recognised with the Bill McAlpine trophy - which he was the recipient of. A real gentleman whose legacy is far and wide in the heritage world and whose name will be always spoken with respect and admiration. Rest in Peace Bill, it was a pleasure to have known you."


05 Mar 2018

Great to see a return of a column in this months Old Glory Magazine.

Read it here:

28 Feb 2018

Following the recent success of several campaigns on Social Media, the National Traction Engine Trust is looking to launch a new partner section of our activities simply named, ‘NTET Media Partners’.
As well as joint Social Media activities, we are hoping we can expand into other fields and activities to the mutual benefit and exposure of all involved.

This section is not connected to our existing Authorised Rallies or Partner Clubs schemes, but will include those already involved that express an interest in the Media Partner initiative.
At present this new string to our bow is free to anyone who wants to become involved be they clubs, events, websites and Facebook pages run by both organisations and individuals.

To find out more, please contact

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

17 Feb 2018


Notice is hereby given that the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held at 10 30 hrs on Wednesday, 7th. March at Macdonald Burlington Hotel, 126 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4JQ when the Agenda will be as follows:

1. Opening Remarks & Welcome: Brian Simpson, OBE, Chairman
2. Apologies for Absence: As notified to the Company Secretary.
3. Report and Accounts: To adopt the Directors’ Report and the Accounts of the Association for the financial period 1st August 2016 to 31st July 2017.
4. Examiner of Accounts: To appoint Messrs. Burgess Hodgson as Examiners to conduct the independent examination of the Association’s Accounts and to authorise the Board to fix their remuneration.
5. Election of Directors: To elect Directors of the Association in place of those retiring.  Richard Barnes, Hugh Harkett, William Hillier, David Morgan MBE, Jenny Nunn and Chris Smyth are retiring. Richard Barnes, William Hillier and Jenny Nunn being eligible, offer themselves for reelection.  Hugh Harkett, David Morgan and Chris Smyth do not offer themselves for re-election.  No other nominations have been received.
6. Membership Subscriptions 2018-2019: To increase, as from 1st October 2018, the annual subscription rate for membership of the Association, such rate to be that specified in the last column of Part A of the Table entitled “HRA Proposed Subscription Rates for 2018-19” accompanying this Notice of Meeting, adjusted according to the financial turnover of the member concerned (as evidenced by the member’s annual accounts) specified in the corresponding third column of Part A, save that in the case of any member providing free or reduced rates of travel for InterRail pass holders (or being unable to  provide such facilities as a non-operator of rail services) the equivalent rate in Part B of the Table to those specified in Part A shall apply.
7. Any Other Competent Business: Intimated previously to the Chairman and appropriate to this meeting.

By Order of the Board of Directors, Peter Ovenstone, Company Secretary    11th February, 2018

12 Feb 2018

The National Traction Engine Trust will once again along with the Great Dorset Steam Fair and Event Radio Associates be bringing you another year of Steam Fair FM for the huge 50th Anniversary show at Dorset in 2018.

We very much look forward to bringing further details and information as we draw closer to the event in August.

22 Jan 2018

Can we please ask that any event organiser who wishes their event to be included in the Rally List for this year returns their application and moneys by the end of January.

Regrettably due to the time taken to prepare the list for printing, any application received after this date will be authorised but we cannot guarantee that they will be included in the Rally List which is distributed annually to many museums, tourist attractcations and TI Centres.

To recieve a apllication form, please emails either or

17 Jan 2018

The National Traction Engine Trust would like to advise you that the Rally Organisers Conference will be held at Kilsby Village Hall (CV23 8XX) on the 10th of March; 10:30am for Coffee and a 11 O’clock start.  Anybody wanting to come should contact  by the 20th of February in order that we can make adequate arrangements for refreshments and any handouts.

Following previous practice we offer a maximum of 4 places per event; the cost is £25 per delegate for authorised events and £30 per delegate for non authorised events. Cost includes VAT.

We look forward to welcoming old and new faces along to the conference where you'll all be introduced to the new team who are running the section.

15 Jan 2018

The National Traction Engine Trust are delighted to welcome David Hurley to the position of Chairman of the Steam Apprentice Club.

The Trust recognises the hard work put in by Elaine Massey over the years and has appointed her SAC President and she’ll remain very much a valuable and active part of the team.

David, is a former apprentice and holds the organisation very close to his heart and is delighted to be given this opportunity to bring fresh ideas and activities to the fore with the key members of the existing team.



13 Jan 2018


14 JANUARY 2018

Commencing at 11am with coffee and tea available from 1030am


NB The order of items on the Agenda may change in order to fit in lunch at an appropriate time.

1  Welcome

2  Apologies

3  Minutes of the Meeting held on 15th January 2017

4  Matters arising from the minutes

5 A talk by Colin Green, Director of Riley & Son Engineering on the engineering and operation of Flying Scotsman.

6  Steam Apprentice Club

7  Insurance Matters

8  Technical Matters – David Smith
9  Technical Tips

10  BESST – Andrew Semple

11  NTET Matters - Anthony Coulls

12  AOB

08 Jan 2018

The National Traction Engine Trusts 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on the 24th November in the Ipswich area.

Further details will follow for members in a future edition of Steaming as well as within these news pages.

05 Jan 2018

Here at the National we have been looking at different ways to engage with both members and non members young & old.

One such idea is to launch a line of Tee Shirts that carry steam related slogans and designs , not exclusively connected to the Trust.

We have called this new idea 'Appleford Tee Shirts', and have just launched an online only store.

The reasoning for calling it something different is so that we can draw a clear line between the new products and the more 'official branded' items we continue to sell.

The Tee Shirts are only available from exclusively.

We will bring you details of each design over the next few weeks.

03 Jan 2018

All the very best for 2018 from bothe the National Traction Engine Trust & Steam Apprentice Club.

01 Jan 2018

A very Merry Christmas to you all from the National Traction Engine Trust & Steam Apprentice Cub.


25 Dec 2017

A very Merry Christmas to you all from the National Traction Engine Trust & Steam Apprentice Cub.


25 Dec 2017

The infamous National Traction Engine Trust Rally List for 2018 is currently being stitched together.

Distributed nationally to Tourist Information Centers, Museums and organisations, inclusion forms part of the Rally Authorisation Scheme and offers great promotion to events both large and small.

As well as the list being distributed in leaflet form, we also offer comprehensive exposure via our website and social media channels to those included.

We aim to get the list published in March for early distribution, so we urge any event considering inclusion to make contact as soon as possible.

In the first instance please contact Charlie Cribbes via

21 Dec 2017

Membership Services at the National Traction Engine Trust and Steam Apprentice Club is now closed until January 5th 2018.

If during the period between December 20th and January 5th any member has a query or needs help with anything concerning their membership to contact us on 020 8798 3814 where you will be forwarded to another member of the team who will try to assist you in your inquiry.

20 Dec 2017

The National Traction Engine Trust is delighted to announce that it is now an Affiliated Member of the Heritage Railway Association.



09 Dec 2017

The next Engine Owners, Drivers and Crew Meeting will be held at the Village Hall, Kilsby, near Rugby, Warwickshire. CV23 8XX on Sunday 14th January 2018.

Commencing at 1100 hours with coffee served from 1030hours.

A buffet lunch will be provided.

All engine owners, crew and other interested parties are invited to attend whether members of the Trust or not. An Agenda for the meeting will be published later on the NTET website.

For more information, or if you have a particular topic for discussion, please contact Bob Siddall, Tel 01636 821991 or

03 Dec 2017

The 2017 National Traction Engine Trust Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday 25 November and was considered a success by those that attended.

Out of respect for those members that didn’t get the opportunity to attend, we will not be reporting on the business side of things until after the next issue of Steaming has been published.

Other activities surrounding the AGM have been reported on via our Social Media channels, which we will republish here as we move forward.

30 Nov 2017

During the latter part of 2017 there have been a lot of changes to the Rally Organisers section of the National Traction Engine Trust. As a result of a complete overhaul of the section, some of the 2018 Authorisation Packs have been slightly delayed in being distributed, they are though currently being sent out to all those events that participated in 2017.

In addition, the Trust is contacting a number of non authorised events with a view to potentially become part of the scheme for 2018 and beyond.

We will be bringing you more information on the ongoing changes within this section and of course details on the Rally Organisers Conference in due course.

19 Nov 2017

Saturday morning there will be a visit to Underfall Yard ( Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6XG parking is very limited)

This will be for a maximum of 50 people on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be vintage transport from the hotel and return, to Underfall Yard, leaving the hotel just after 9am.

There will also be a visit to the Balmoral, which is next to Underfall Yard and SS Great Britain, so if you don't manage to get in one, you will the other.

If you don't manage to get to the morning visits, there will be tea and coffee served at the hotel from 1pm. If you have not renewed your membership, you will need to do this prior to the meeting to be eligible to vote.

The membership secretary will be on hand from 1pm until 1:45pm to take renewals.

Sunday morning, our friends at Westonzoyland Pumping Station ( Hoopers Lane, Westonzoyland, Nr Bridgwater, Somerset TA7 0LS) will be in steam and ready to welcome us at about 10.30am.

14 Nov 2017

It has been a work in progress for a good few months now, but the National Traction Engine Trust will soon be in a position to launch our new look website.

Alhough the current site has served us well, it is now rather long winded and difficult to use, not to mention not being 'moile friendly'. All functionality will improve with the new site and background systems improved making our visitor experience more in tune with the modern direction in which the Trust is positioning itself.

We have not limited ourselves to a launch date, but as ever we'll keep you posted with developments.

12 Nov 2017

Sunday October 1st, saw many engine owners and crew take their steam driven vehicles out an about for the second edition of Steam It Sunday.

Without a shadow of doubt the event was embraced by many far and wide and great fun was had by all as well as enjoyment for the public at large who got to see engines out and about in their local communities without the restrictions of rally officialdom.

Our thanks to everyone who took part in promoting one of the most important aspects of our hobby.

02 Oct 2017

The second edition of the National Traction Engine Trusts Steam It Sunday initiative takes place this coming weekend with the focus of activities taking part on Sunday October 1st.

The idea of the day is to encourage the use of Steam powered vehicles on the road, thus promoting our hobby on a national basis to a wide audience in many parts of the country.

The emphasis is of course on community, and getting out and about and showing off the engines to local folk who possibly only usually pass engines briefly during the course of any given weekend or Friday evening throughout the summer months.

Although the event is staged by the NTET, we are not laying down rules or telling people what to do or when to do it, just encouraging owners and crew to get out and celebrate all things Steam.

Have a great everyone!

27 Sep 2017

Unfortunately over recent weeks and months our membership services team have got a little behind with renewals, new sign ups and enquiries which has resulted in a frustrating wait for some.

We have had a good look at what went wrong and although the blame can't be laid at any one factor be it individuals or systems we are confident that we are on a return to the normal service expected of us. We are also looking at ways to prevent such a situation arising again. We obviously apologise to all those affected. If anyone has any further concerns, we'd welcome your feedback via

13 Sep 2017

As many people will know, behind the scenes there is a huge redevelopment of our website taking place. Unfortunately during the process it has become apparent that some of the processes and systems we have historically used are more add ons rather than specific tools for the job.

We are currently working through everything and appreciate that some delay and frustrations may be occurring to those using our online services and databases. We apologise for this and assure you that every step possible is being taken to improve our online services.

The most recent bug in the system to be dealt with was that of ‘Online Renewals’, which we believe should now work for everyone, first time everytime.
We’ll keep you posted on future improvments to the existing systems as and when those pesky bugs are ironed out.



05 Sep 2017

We are delighted to be able to report that our 2017 Presentation at the Great Dorset Steam Fair was deemed a big success, with possibly the biggest influx of renewals, new members and lapsed members deciding to sign up for another year, in recent times.

The sales side of things have reported great things with a steady supply of material being sold, and the refreshment side of things showing that it remains for many an important Dorset tradition.

Our thanks must go to everyone who made the event such a success, from those that set up and ran the various areas through to all those that let us display their exhibits in the Marquee.

Special thanks of course need to go to the Directors of the Great Dorset Steam Fair, for allowing us to continue to do what we do.
Plans are already underway for 2018.

31 Aug 2017

The National Traction Engine Trust encourages and supports road steam by offering financial assistance and bursaries (maximum £500) for those who would like to improve their knowledge and skills so they can help and take part in maintaining Steam on the Road.

These skills can include but are not limited to:

Boiler maintenance
Boiler management
Boiler inspection
Sign writing
Lathe and millwork
Hand metalwork skills
Pattern making

The list is not exhaustive and any application will be considered which shows that it informs and educates about road steam as described in the NTET mission statement:

Preserving our Heritage with Steam on the Road

Look in the heritage journals and prospectuses of colleges and schools for suitable courses. Approach people who already have a skill you are interested in to see if they would be willing to share their knowledge - then fill out the application form with all the details.

Click here for an application form


12 Jul 2017

"Traction Engines" by Anthony Coulls. Price: - £8.99 64 pages with 8 chapters of information with colour and black and white photographs. Available now from

04 Jul 2017

Over the past few years we like to think that our communication has improved a great deal.

We not only have direct points of contct set up via email to every section head, but we also are seen out and about a lot more at shows and events.

It's through the latter that we realise the importance of being able to speak to a human being at times rather than communicating via the internet.

With this in mind we have set up a number for you to now contact, which should put you in touch with us a lot easier.

The number is 020 8798 3814.

Please be aware that it isn't a free service, and if an email will suffice with your question, then that would be the prefered route however if deemed urgent then please do feel free to get in touch and you'll be forwarded to the correct person.



20 Jun 2017

The next edition of our Steaming Journal is nearing completion and we are once again looking forward to what editor Kevin Mills has in store.

‘Steaming’ was a point of discussion at the General Council Meeting on June 11th and we were delighted to be able to report to the Trustees that feedback from the membership on the new format has been very positive. There was an issue with a few copies being printed incorrectly but everyone who has made contact with us has had their copy replaced by the printers.

One other point of contention was the timing of the format change didn’t fit well with those that had purchased a binder. We accept the issue could have been avoided and is down to us entirely. Anyone having purchased a binder in the old style will have a new format binder offered in exchange.

All members need do is contact Kathy via

12 Jun 2017

It is with great sadness that we learn that our valued member and friend Michael Davies of Avon Dassett has recently lost his wife, Jennifer, after a long illness.

Michael has supported the Club and Trust for many many years and has hosted events and served on various committees.

Our thoughts are with Michael, his family and friends at this sad time.

11 Jun 2017

Today the National Traction Engine Trust are once again encouraging people to post images of Steam Rollers across their own Social Media channels.


We think it important to capture as many rollers in their true form as possible for future generations to enjoy and refer towards. We all know that a number of Steam Rollers get lost each year and this is not about pointing fingers or calling people out. It is, and simply will be a simple and fun way to get people aware of the importance and beauty of the humble steam roller.

Use the hashtag #celebraterollers on the posts to find thousands of images, and of course add it to your own pictures that you post.

29 May 2017

Following another highly successful National Traction Engine Trust Driver Training Course at Astwood Bank, we are pleased to confirm our 2018 dates will be May 12th & 13th.

Further details will be announced here as they become available.

Contact Joe Black via: regarding any questions.

20 May 2017

We have to confess to a degree of frustration and trepidation with regard to this project. You will recall the enthusiasm with which the MD of Aquam, helped devise the principles of the scheme and how he encouraged us to start the Calm Network Training before 2017 started. He wanted as many as possible of our members to take up the CNT in order that Aquam to demonstrate to the water utilities the large number of trained itinerant users.

We must remember that out Authorised Water Extraction Scheme was to ride on the back of Aquams success in negotiating their own deal with the water utilities to undertake the maintenance of their networks infrastructure. Our scheme was always going to be a bonus.
You can imagine our disappointment when we were asked by the Director responsible for negotiating with utilities to 'back off'. Our enthusiasm had reached the ears of the remaining utilities with whom negotiations had not been concluded and were asking 'what’s this about a free water scheme'. It was considered that quite rightly the cart was before the horse and was in danger of messing up negotiations.

Due to a long spell of illness on the Aquam team things stood still for a long time, however at the end of March we will contacted and told that the batten will once again be picked up on our behalf in the very near future. It does mean that we have to resubmit all emails and paperwork - but we are pleased to say there is at last some movement!

The National Traction Engine Trust is aware that our communications to those that have signed up for the CNT side of things has been less than perfect, but as we are sure you'll appreciate, negotiations at times have been delicate. We are now back on the right road and will bring news on this scheme as and when we have it, both good and bad.


18 May 2017

Fathers Day isn't far away and we have a brand new DVD available.

Steam Ploughing : An Introduction to Two Engine Cable Cultivation.

This 100 minute DVD has been produced for the Steam Plough Club to provide by description and demonstration exactly what is involved in operating a two engine cable cultivation system correctly. It gives information on all aspects of preparing the engines and equipment, setting those up for work and then operating efficiently and safely with engines, cable and implements.

A very informative DVD available now for just £17 from and the NTET Exhibition Unit.

#ntetsales #ntetontour #ntet #sac #nationaltractionenginetrust

13 May 2017

Following on from our previous styled themes within and around the Trust Marquee at Dorset the National will be putting together a presentation on 'Timber Haulage' in 2017.

At this time we have a number of engines confirmed to appear and several more awaiting confirmation, to be housed both inside and outside. We are on the lookout for additional equipment used within the Timber Haulage industry during the Steam era.

If you are interested in taking part please contact Matt via:

Further details of our Dorset activities will follow in the coming weeks and months.


12 May 2017

Friday 12th May 2017 and the National Traction Engine Trust has once again decided to run one of it's infamous hash tag campaigns across Social Media.

It's a free for all celebration of the iconic Leeds engine builder and a fantastic way of getting enthusiasts from all over the world to interact under the NTET banner. It also leaves a fascinating archive of images for future generations to enjoy and learn from. To get involved just post your favourite Fowler picture to your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feeds, use the #fowlerfriday tag then once uploaded, click on said tag and watch a whole world of Fowler magic open up before you.

12 May 2017

Got a question surrounding your membership?

Need to find out when you are due for renewal?

Want to know more about joining us or the Steam Apprentice Club?

Get in touch with Lisa via:

11 May 2017

As previously announced The National Traction Engine Trust  will be holding another ‘Members Day’ at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire on Monday May 1st 2017.

There are plenty of engines expected to attend both large and small.

We look forward to welcoming both members (who will get discounted entry) and non members to the event.



28 Apr 2017

The winners of the 2017 National Car Club Awards, in association with Tourism Ireland, were announced on Saturday 1 April in an emotionally charged evening where there were tears and standing ovations galore for the worthy recipients. Over 230 members of the classic motoring community attended the prize giving at Birmingham’s NEC. Special guests to the event at Birmingham’s NEC included the Rt. Hon. Sir Great Knight, Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, and Car SOS’ Fuzz Townshend. David Boyce from Tourism Ireland, headline sponsor of The National Car Club Awards, said: “Not only do these awards recognise the amazing amount of time and effort made by the clubs but the community spirit the car clubs create as a whole. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the room and a real appreciation between all those nominated and the winners. It was a very special evening that Tourism Ireland is very proud to be associated with.” A total of 16 awards were presented, with the biggest cheers of the night going to Rosie Hamilton of the Morris Minor Owners Club who received the Lifetime Achievement award from David Boyce. In the Classic Car Club categories, the Rover Sports Register’s Freewheel magazine won Outstanding Club Magazine of the Year (printed), sponsored by Stena Line and presented by Dianne Poole. Monstro, the magazine for the Maestro & Montego Owners Club was highly commended in this category. Outstanding Website of the Year, sponsored by Tourism Ireland, was presented to the TR Register by David Boyce. The Austin 7 Clubs Association was highly commended in this category. The MK1 Golf Owners Club won the Outstanding use of Social Media, sponsored by Lancaster Insurance, and presented by Andrew Evanson, while David Whale from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs presented The Imp Club with the award for Outstanding Support of the Next Generation. The Morris Minor Owners Club Young Register was highly commended. Classic Car Weekly Editor David Simister presented the Jensen Owners Club with Outstanding Car Club Event (Run or Rally), with a highly commended given to the Morris Minor Owners Club. The Jensen Owners Club also won the ‘Best of the Best’ National Car Club Winners award, sponsored by Lancaster Insurance, for the most outstanding entry of all entries. The MG Car Club was presented with the National Car Club of the Year award, by Dave Youngs from sponsors Lancaster Insurance. The Club was praised for its ability to make sure all aspects of its role are performed seamlessly as well as the new archive building that was added to Kimber House. It was then on to the Devoted Members categories where Footman James’ Managing Director David Bond presented the Unsung Hero award to Brian Humphreys from the Rover P6 Club. Pauline Blake from the Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register was highly commended. David also presented Graham Orchard of the Ford Cortina Mkll Owners Club with the National Car Club Ambassador of the Year award on behalf of Footman James. In the awards categories relating to the clubs’ displays at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, Lancaster Insurance’s Dave Young presented the Best Live Working at the Show award to the National Traction Engine Trust for an amazing display. Danny Hopkins from Practical Classics presented the award for Best Restored Car in Show to Michael Kavanagh of the Jowett Car Club for the 1913 Jowett Tiller. The Best Car in Show was presented to Alan Buttle with the Jet 1 Replica, on Rover Sports Register, by Will Smith from sponsor Classic Car Auctions. Best Club Stand awards went to the Allard Owners Club for under 75sqm and the Jowett Car Club for over 75sqm, sponsored by Classic Car Weekly and Practical Classics respectively. Lancaster Insurance Operations Director Richard Morley presented the Judges Special Recognition Award to the Sporting Bears for its amazing services to charity, raising over £1.8million for children’s charities around the UK. For all the winners and nominees, as well as more information on the National Car Club Awards, visit

22 Apr 2017

The directors of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) are delighted to announce that they have received confirmation today from the Department for Education that they can proceed with their development of a Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship under the new Government Trailblazer arrangements which came into force on 1 April this year.

FBHVC developed and have been operating an apprentice programme with OFQUAL accreditation for the last three years and some 60 young people are at various stages in their training both at Bicester Heritage and at the North London Garages in-house apprentice school. However the new funding model that Trailblazer delivers plus the fact that the government funded training is no longer restricted to 16-18 year olds, opens up a wealth of opportunities for recruiting more of the badly needed trainees to replace the craftsmen and women leaving the £5.5 billion pound industry through retirements.

FBHVC therefore reviewed their curriculum, and building on the experience of the last few years, have made significant enhancements to the course which were incorporated in the ‘Expression of Interest’ submission required by the Department for Education before Trailblazer Apprenticeships, with their more challenging criteria can be authorised to proceed. Karl Carter, FBHVC Trade and Skills director, and the driving force behind the current scheme explained the key differences and improvements. “Trailblazer courses will be much more intellectually challenging but they will still be grounded in hands-on skills. In the initial stages the emphasis will be on fundamental engineering skills. These will then be applied throughout the rest of the course and in the latter stages students will be able to adopt a range of specialisms. For the first time we have been able to broaden the course to embrace other transportation sectors such as steam and aviation and this will help to recruit sufficient students for each course to give colleges the critical mass they need to make courses financially viable. Another improvement, that our experience has told us will encourage more recruits, is the introduction of block release courses to run alongside the current day release format.”

Commenting on today’s announcement FBHVC chairman, David Whale said, “We are all tremendously excited by this news which is a huge tribute to all those who have worked tirelessly and voluntarily to deliver this brilliant training opportunity. What young aspiring engineer would not want to work on Britain’s amazing array of heritage transportation? And it is entirely appropriate that with the broadening of its scope and focus on the traditional engineering skills, the course is re-launched under the Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship banner”.


06 Apr 2017

As we previously reported last year, The National Tracion Engine Trust is working with the organisors of Carfest North & South to bring a presentation of steam powered vehicles to their events in 2017.

If you want to bring an engine, places will be limited, so shout up early if you are interested.

To enter, or to ask any questions contact the following:

For North (Bolesworth near Chester 28-30 July) contact Tony Seddon 07854 226251

For South (Laverstoke Park, Hampshire 25-27 August) contact Jimmer Marsh 07850 865801


02 Apr 2017

The National Traction Engine Trust is delighted to announce that Fowler B6 Big Lion Road Locomotive 'Talisman' will be the centre piece to our presentation at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham during the Practical Classics Restoration Show from 31 March until April 2nd.

With the support of both Alex Sharphouse and Morris Lubricants we hope to be able to bring a completely different display to what is a highly regarded event.

Steam enthusiasts are encouraged to visit the event as it will prove quite special and of course Trust members can get a discount on entry by using the information provided in the last issue of Steaming.

Further details will follow. 



22 Mar 2017

A successful meeting was held in January when over 60 persons attended. The opportunity was taken to present Life Membership of the Trust to Mr John Blagg and Mr Michael Beeby.

Barry Davies of Kingsway Gears gave an interesting talk as did Tony Wood of Walker Midgley Insurance. The usual other items were discussed including the Competency Scheme, Steam Apprentice Club, Driving Licences and much more.

Bob Siddall (Chair of Engine Owners Section)

10 Mar 2017

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2017 - (To recieve the Jack Beeby Cup)

This award is to recognise an Apprentice who has shown all round enthusiasm in their involvement with Road Steam. This may be hands-on experience with an engine or helping to maintain or restore an engine. Consideration should be given to how well they have learnt and respected the necessary skills needed in the operation of an engine. There is no particular type of submission we are looking for other than that you feel the Apprentice has made an effort, has learned from what ever activity they are doing and has shown the ability to ‘stay the course’. We would expect that the Apprentice has been working with one engine or group for at least 3 or 4 years.

Submissions should consist of a brief description on one side of A4 paper of what they have been doing and why you think the Apprentice deserves the award, perhaps with 3 or 4 photographs and/or sketches if you feel it will better illustrate the case.

Entries to be with the SAC Chairman ( by mid September, see address inside your latest copy of Raising Steam or Steaming. Judging will be completed by mid October, with the announcement of the winner to be made at the NTET AGM where the award will be presented.

The final decision on the recipient will be made by the SAC committee.


07 Mar 2017

Steering On The Road Pilot Scheme. 

As a new venture the Steam Apprentice Club are looking at doing 3 pilot 'Steering Days' on the road for apprentices who like to experience something different to just riding around a yard or field.

These will take place in the Midlands, near Burton upon Trent, South England in East Sussex and we are currently looking at somewhere further North.

To be able to participate you should have recorded in your log book that you have done steering and be tall enough to look over an around an engine a full 360
degrees to be able to see where you are going.

You must bring your own food and drink as well as making arrangements with drivers and parents as to where and when to be picked up. This will cost £15.

To express an interest contact Kevin Munn at

These events will only go ahead if enough interest is expressed. Deadline for applying is 31st March 2017

You can join the Steam Apprentice Club here


01 Mar 2017

The #ntetontour season gets a kick start this coming weekend with two events scheduled to take place. The first, held on Saturday 25th is the second ‘Affiliated Clubs’ meeting, which is being held in Nuneaton and being attended by clubs and organisations from far and wide.

For further information, please refer to our previous news item here.

Sunday the 26th of February will see the NTET ‘Pop Up’ attending the ‘Tractor World Spring Show’ at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. 2017 will see ‘Tractor World’, combine the already established ‘Classic Commercial Show’, an event that we have presented ourselves at previously, but this is a first for the National Traction Engine Trust at Tractor World proper.

We’ll be on hand to dish out information, chat to both current members and those that show interest and of course recruit any new members that like what we are currently doing. If anyone has a question or concern, these sorts of events present the opportunity to chat face to face with a representative of the Trust.

The event is generally well attended and there is lots to see and do and although the event is predominately Tractor & Commercial Vehicle based, there is usual a good selection of miniature steam as well as on occasion a full size steamer or two to be found.

We look forward to seeing you there.

21 Feb 2017

For further details of our 2017 'Rally Organisers and Safety Officers Seminar', please click here to view the recent Features article.

08 Feb 2017

It is incredible to think that Steaming Magazine has been going now for 60 years isn’t it?

In that time it has become an integral part of the steam scene and a reliable source of information, detail and of course historical fact.

During 2017 the National Traction Engine Trust will be celebrating its importance across our various channels and bringing you both flashbacks and insights into how it is produced and created.

#60yearsofsteaming #steaming

Stay tuned…..

01 Feb 2017

The date for this years Annual General Meeting has now been confirmed for Saturday 25 November, and the venue as the Best Western Walton Park Hotel, Clevedon.

The Meetingwill commence at 2pm with tea &a coffee served before and after the meeting.

A number of visits have already been arranged on the morning of the 25th and again on Sunday 26th, with a guest speaker confirmed at the Saturday evening meal.

The Waltern Park Hoel and the Trust has struck a deal of a rate of £70 per room per night including breakfast for it's members. Please state NTET when booking.

The evening mealis set at a price of  £26 per head for 3 courses plus coffee, 7.30pm sit down.

Further details will be announced on the visits and any additional information will be published in Steaming Magazine as and when it becomes available.

Our apologies for having to change the orignal dates of the meeting, but it is something beyond our control.

20 Jan 2017

Read our recent feature on the Driver Training Scholarships we have available here.

16 Jan 2017

As previously announced the next Engine Owners, Drivers and Crew Meeting will be held at the Kilsby Village Hall, near Rugby, Warwickshire (CV23 8XX) on Sunday 15th January 2017.

Commencing at 11:00 with coffee being served from10:30, a buffet lunch will be provided.

All engine owners, crew and other interested parties are invited to attend whether members of the Trust or not.

An Agenda for the meeting will be published later this week on the NTET website.

For more information, or if you have a particular topic for discussion, please contact Bob Siddall, Tel 01636 821991 or

07 Jan 2017

The National Traction Engine Trust is pleased to announce that they will be holding another ‘Members Day’ at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire on Monday May 1st 2017.

Full details on entry details and expected exhibits will follow.

For further information on this event, please contact Lisa Crankshaw via:


01 Jan 2017

In the January 2017 issue of Old Glory Magazine, the National Traction Engine Trust featured with heavily.

To read more please click here

20 Dec 2016

For a while now, The National Traction Engine Trust has been utilising hashtags, with a great deal of success. In fact it now seems to be the done thing to add a hashtag to virtually every steam related activity on social media and although it may get annoying to some, the wealth of content now just a click away is fantastic.

With this in mind we are starting to use #springintosteam, in association with our activities alongside the Steam Apprentice Club. The idea is simple and based around the principle that come Springtime many an engine gets put back together after a winter break. It would make an ideal opportunity for many Steam Apprentices to get hands on experience of these activities, and an important part of the education programme for the next generation.

So we are asking engine owners and crew to consider involving a Apprentice or two in these activities. You can register your interest via your own post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the #springintosteam hashtag, or contact us direct and we will do what we can to sort out some help. Likewise members of the Steam Apprentice Club can use it, to offer their time and indicate their willingness to learn from others.

We hope this will new initiative will be of interest to those far and wide, be they members of the NTET or not.



16 Dec 2016

It’s that time of year again.

The National Traction Engine Trust is currently putting together a list of events that we are going to be attending during 2017.

As well as our usual Steam based events, we will also be attending big national events, exhibitions and festivals. We’ll also be visiting a lot of smaller events, and trying to cover as many areas as possible.

At each event we attend, we like to give away information packs and various goodies that have been donated to us for distribution. Although the 2017 season may seem a fair distance away we are already starting to compile material to distribute.

To this end we are asking if any clubs, events, organisations, business, and museums and so on have material that they would like us to distribute on their behalf for free, to get in touch and we can start to include leaflets, fliers & posters etc. in what we do.

No need to be members, affiliated or even staunch supporters. This is just another way of the National offering it’s support to the wider steam movement.

13 Dec 2016

With Christmas just a few weeks away now, we have received a number of enquiries regarding ‘Memberships’ as presents.

The short answer is, yes. It’s possible and yes it does make a  great gift idea.

The only other point to remember is that to be sure of receipt in time for the holiday period, all new memberships and renewals need to have been processed by December 16th.

For further information, please contact Lisa via or of course you can join online by clicking here.

05 Dec 2016

With the 2017 season, realistically well advanced in its planning the National Traction Engine Trust is once more looking to increase its activities and ability to get out and about to meet its existing members and talk to visitors and participants about this fantastic hobby of ours.

To this end we are looking to recruit volunteers to help man our stands, marquees and potentially exhibitions that we want to attend moving forward.

Representing the Trust is a very important task, and participants will for many be the first face to face contact with us on an official basis. We are looking for team players, who are happy to talk (there is never any requirement to sell) to people, answer general questions about all thing steam on the road, and of course the National and it’s fantastic Steam Apprentice scheme.

For ease, we are calling these positions ‘Ambassadors’, and will be part of both the Membership and the PR Teams, although in truth there is no real difference between either.

There are no expectations of the volunteers other than that outlined above, and no one will be expected to spend entire weekends ‘on duty’. It’s all about having fun and working together, and we would be delighted to hear from anyone who would be interested in joining and representing us on either a national level, or just at the local events you already attend, or have always wanted to attend but don’t have the exhibits to do so.

Contact Lisa via or Matt at for further information.

01 Dec 2016

Following on from the business end of the 2016 Annual General Meeting, as is traditional various presentations and awards were given to those who the Trust feels deserved of recognition.

Full details can be found by visiting our features link.

30 Nov 2016

Right then folks, it's that time of year again!

Winter projects are now well under way, your plans for next year might be beginning to take shape, your clubs might even have events on over winter or have their events confirmed for next years calendar.

Could you please send contributions to No later than the 9th December, for Steaming deadline of Dec 12th.

Remember, Steaming Around isn't just about what has happened, it can also be about what is going to happen over the next few months or even the next year.

Club contributions are also welcomed.

29 Nov 2016

The date of the 2017 National Traction Engine Trust Annual General Meeting has been provisionally set as Saturday 18th November. It will be held in the Bristol area.

28 Nov 2016

As previously reported, The National Traction Engine Trust has been asked to participate in the huge Carfest Events for 2017, where we will be presenting a display to showcase not only our organisation but also the world of steam as a fantastic Great British Pastime.

We are currently talking to the organisers of the events and we would be very keen to here from anyone that may like to be involved be it as a helper to our endeavours or an exhibitor with an engine or associated item.

The event is held over the weekends of 28-30 July at Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire and 25-27 August at Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire.
Proceeds to the event go to the BBC Children In Need Appeal.

We here at the National very much look forward to hearing from anyone that would like to participate in our display.



23 Nov 2016

Following the great success and feedback recieved after the Affiliated Clubs Meeting at the beginning of November, the National Traction Engine Trust is pleased to announce another open meeting in February once again aimed at regional and local clubs, museums and enthusiasts groups large and small. You do not need to be an Affiliated Club to attend.

The date is Saturday February 25th 2017, and will once again be held in Numeaton, Warwickshire.

For full details on the agenda and to book a place on the day, please contact Lisa via:


23 Nov 2016

In the run up to and during the AGM in Leicester, members were asked to cast votes for a number of people wishing to stand for re-election, and election onto the General Council.

The results are as follows:

For /Against/Abstention/No Vote/

Approval %

Andrew Semple - 115/5/2/4


Dan Brothwell - 111/6/5/4


Lisa Crankshaw - 109/8/5/4


David Hurley - 108/3/11/4


Bob Siddall - 102/12/8/4


Chris Arrowsmith - 95/19/8/4


John Gilbert - 81/16/19/10/


Lance Jackson - 73/21/23/9


John Durling - 66/41/13/6


Retiring from General Council: Stuart Gray, Paul Cook & Bob Allison - our thanks to all of them for their service to the Trust over the years.


21 Nov 2016

From the 11th - 13th November 2016, the NTET PR team are at large once more. This time at the NEC for the Lancaster Classic Car show, the team are please to announce that the exhibits featured for display at the event are the Len & Jane Crane's magnificent Burrell Showman's road locomotive "Endurance" and Tim Bowman's fantastic Aveling & Porter Steam Roller "Angelina".

The Lancaster Classic Car show in itself this year has an event theme being Heroes and Heroines due to the event falling on Remembrance weekend. As part of this, the NTET are aiming for the 1950s style rally scene, paying respects to those who aided in the founding of the steam rally scene and also the club itself. There will be a fantastic photo display of the early Appleford races kindly provided to the Trust for display by Jeffrey Shackell & family. Featuring of course images of the races of the late Arthur Napper, Miles Chetwynd Stapleton & of course, the late Dr Giles Romanes.

As many of you will know, some engines in the 1950s were entering preservation, whilst some were still hard at work, earning a crust, this is exactly the feature we present to the show, "Angelina" will be presented in an "as working" style, whilst "Endurance" is to represent the future of what has become our beloved hobby.

In addition to this, once again, Thomas Fields Pattinson will be bringing his 4" Savage Little Samson to represent those miniatures within the scene, which have featured since the very early years of our hobby and formation, and Tom Sanders will be bringing along with Vintage Austin Seven. The Seven itself presents and interest in its own right, having a history of being involved in both the steam fraternity for a number of years and having a motorsport cross over having been previous owned by F1 team owner Colin Crabb who owned for a brief time, Foden 13762. In addition to this, to show that some of our members can go above 5mph, we also have a couple of character displays featuring their own mix of motorsport and the steam movement.

Please use the discount code in Steaming and head to the NEC to see & support us"

02 Nov 2016

If you haven't already booked your place for the evening meal at this years Annual General Meeting could we ask you do so by the end of this week please.

Food options are:

White Onion Soup or fan of melon with raspberry Coulis

Roast Gammon or Roast Turkey

Chocolate Torte or Raspberry Charlotte

Ticket price is £27.50

We do need menu choices when booking.

Please email your choices here

01 Nov 2016

The NTET – An outline strategic plan

Since my taking the chair, there’s been a lot of talk. This has been by phone, on forums, by email and in person about what the Trust should be doing and where we should be going. Without taking course and setting a direction, we will still be talking about it and falling out with each other in three years time. Here’s my vision for the way I wish to see the Trust take, and work through our differences to do it for the good of road steam in general. We have to be united and we have to be committed to doing things, otherwise we will go from meeting to meeting and rally to rally talking about what we are going to do with little or no action.

Overall, I think we’re doing well. We perhaps take more notice of things that are said on the internet than we should. We ought to remember all those members who aren’t users of Facebook and Traction Talk. As I said when elected, half of the problem is with how we are perceived! Matt’s doing a great job, but we need to support him. We only get one go at this, and it’s time to move on positively – but realistically. So what’s the plan?

In summary

  • 1. The overall objectives of the Trust have not changed but the wherewithal has.  We need to review our Top Level Objectives.
  • 2. The threats to the future of our hobby are growing; climate change, pollution, fuel, use of roads.  The FBHVC is not equipped to fight the steam corner at this time.  We need a vibrant and intellectual presence on that body.
  • 3. We need to agree a long term plan which includes tangible, appropriate, clearly defined and achievable objectives. Council will engage and begin to work on this in the next year.
  • 4. We also need a robust set of short term objectives – the Trust needs to be appealing and needs to fully understand what members and non-members want of the Trust. 
  • 5. Membership is falling – we need a clear recruitment strategy, family membership is only part of it but a start.  Membership benefits need to be developed.
  • 6. A clearer understanding of who is doing what within the General Council.
  • 7. Individuals/Groups or Sections should be tasked with delivering and succession planning actively take place when someone wishes to step down.
  • 8. A major objective should be to become inclusive of other organisations wishes, aspirations, fears and phobias – and organise a meeting of all road steam related organisations.
  • 9. We should actively pursue affiliation with Clubs and other related organisations in order that we can make use of their resources and they ours.
  • 10. General Council re-organisation - We will regularise the voting procedure and cap council numbers at 21 members, 7 elected each year, rotating in 3 year cycles. A proposal to this end will be presented to the AGM this year.

A lot of what we do and what we are talking about already fits into the above points. We need to pull those activities and aspirations out of our discussions and align them with my thoughts above. It isn’t hard – but will bring us together, which is vital for us to move forward. All members input is welcome – it spreads the load and gives ownership, which is key to inclusivity.

Oh yes, I forgot the last and most important thing. It’s all about having fun!

Anthony Coulls - September 2016

31 Oct 2016

Due to some technical issues the National Traction Engine Trust and Steam Apprentice Club websites will be unavailable between 9am Monday October 17th and 9am Tuesday October 18th. 

You may well experience some delay in getting a reply from any email address, or they may well bounce back.

If you need to contact us urgently for this period of time the usual Social Media channels will remain open.



13 Oct 2016

13 Oct 2016