The National Traction Engine Trust

Yes Folks, it really is that time again….. it’s the Great Dorset Steam Fair!

As ever, The National Traction Engine Trust will be moving lock, stock and almost all it’s barrels to Tarrant Hinton for the both the build up of the event and of course the show its self.
As you would expect we have a strong presence at Dorset, as it’s a great place to meet some of our members, recruit new ones and of course network with literally thousands of likeminded people. This year will see us once again present a special display inside our copious Marquee just across from the Heavy Haulage Arena, and believe us when we say this is one not to be missed!

The NTET Marquee is delighted to be hosting the Steam Plough Club this year as our very special guests who will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary with us for the duration of the event. This of course means a number of very special displays will be prominent around our little corner of the showground.

For inside exhibits we have, Fowler 12nhp Single Cylinder, Works No. 1908 “THE MISTRESS” of 1873, Fowler/Wilder 12 nhp, Single cylinder, Works No 1 of 1869/1927. “WILLIAM” and Fowler 14 nhp Class BB, Works No. 14213 of 1914. “Bob”. Also on display inside the NTET Marquee will be banners showing the history of steam ploughing, information about the manufacturers and the implements, and the impact that British engineering had on World agriculture along with a fine selection of Miniatures in the form of 1.5” and 3” scale models.
Outside we will feature more engines which include Fowler 16nhp Class BB1, Works No. 15145 of 1918, “RUSTY” and Fowler 16nhp Class BB1, Works No. 15222 of 1918, both of which will be used to haul a road train over the show days.  This will include a Fowler Living Van, a set of Fowler Wing Harrows, a water cart, cultivator and a two-furrow balance plough.
If this wasn’t enough, engine wise we will also have McLaren 16nhp, Works No. 1552 of 1919, “HERO”, McLaren Diesel Fowler Class BB Diesel Conversion, Works No. 14380 of 1917, “SALLY”, and a wonderful Fowler A4 Compound Traction engine with Large Firebox, Works No. 9691 of 1903. We also have a large selection of implements which include Fowler Combination Implement, Works No. 146715 of 1926, Fowler Mud Scoop, Fowler Living Van, Works No. 12721 of 1917, McLaren Trenching Plough, Works No. 90525 of 1941, a Mole Drainer of 1963 and last but not least a Mitchell Stump Jump Plough, Works No. 26528 of c1920.

As you’ll see a fantastic and eclectic collection of items that’ll certainly get the party started!

Of course there will also be engines at work as usual within the Ploughing Field, so you really will be spoilt for choice on what to view first!
If by chance you capture any of the proceedings on camera, why not enter our join competition (unveiled on Sunday 21st August) where you’ll be able to win various prizes.
In the normal tradition of our hospitality we’ll be running our Tea & Coffee facilities, where you can sit down and relax for a while awaiting friends and acquaintances, and no doubt making new ones along the way.

We also have our ‘Open Forum’ taking place on the evening of Friday 26th of August at 6pm, where we will welcome both members and non members for a bit of a chin wag with Officers of the Trust and representatives of the General Council. Rumour has it that the infamous cake will appear, and some ‘other’ refreshments will be on hand.
Representatives of the General Council will be on hand throughout the event though if you miss the Forum, and we would welcome your thoughts on how we presently sit in your mind set and how we can further evolve for the future.

You’ll also be able to listen to our interviews on Steam Fair FM, which once again we jointly sponsor in association with the Great Dorset Steam Fair. For all the latest on Steam Fair FM, and indeed other happenings at this years show, you can keep up to date on our Great Dorset News Feed, and via all our social media channels.

As you would expect we also have a hashtag to go along with our activities, which is #ntetatdorset.

It’s going to be a cracking show and a fantastic opportunity for the National. We’ll see you there!

12 Aug 2016