The National Traction Engine Trust

The 60th Anniversary Road Run was a tremendous success judging by all the comments that have been received by both entrants and spectators. Never before have so many traction engines been on the road in the same area at once. Spread over three routes in Bedfordshire there were over 180 engines!! This is a World Record!

The weather for the day was perfect, everything ran smoothly and the dinner in the evening was superb. The only disappointment of the day was Burrell 4000 Ex-Mayor which was towing the loads for the steam yachts (2 trailers plus the centre engine) and had to retire because of leaking tubes. The organisation of the event was such that the engine and loads were recovered very quickly although the breakdown was in a very narrow road.

Our heartfelt thanks go to all the members of the Bedford Steam Engine Preservation Society who worked so hard to make this enormous event such a fantastic success.

The leadership and inspiration of Paul Worbey and Dave Roberts plus the large number of club members and helpers  made this a day to remember, which will not be forgotten for many years. The planning was superb from those who greeted engine owners and drivers on their arrival, to those who sign posted the routes, those who provided water for the engines, the recovery teams who were on standby to help any engines encountering problems and those who provided the  wonderful dinner in the evening. Washing up for 700 people is quite a task!! This was undoubtedly a great team effort.

One question has been asked by a number of members, 'Do we have to wait another ten years for a similar event?'


A snapshot of one small part of the field which was photographed just after 7.00 am.

29 Sep 2014