The National Traction Engine Trust

As we have already announced, the National Traction Engine Trust will be hosting 'The Steam Plough Club' in our Marquee at the 2016 Great Dorset Steam Fair. We have plenty of quality exhibits lined up for presentation both inside and outside the marquee, which we will be announcing as the event draws closer.

It isn't just Dorset that gets a 'Ploughing Engine Partry' though as the following information taken from the Steam Plough Club tells us:

A Celebration of Steam Cultivation
Crockey Hill, York, 8th- 11th September 2016

STEAM PLOUGH CLUB ‘s 50th Anniversary is being celebrated with a four day spectacular at Crockey Hill near York presenting Great Britain’s contribution to the mechanisation of agriculture by steam cultivation.

To tell the story, we plan to bring together examples of this heritage from all around the country representing the roundabout system of cultivation, the single-engine cable system, the self-moving double-engine cable system, direct ploughing by steam, diesel windlass and motor cable ploughing engines, rotary diggers, diesel conversions …. and more!

Over 30 ploughing engines have registered to attend. This is likely to be the greatest gathering in the history of the steam plough.

There will be daily working demonstrations with a wide range of implements, competitive ploughing, miniature steam displays and static exhibits plus engines and tackle to inspect and photograph.

The Club marquee will hold a display of historical photographs and story ‘banners’, museum items, engineering ‘patterns’ and models, and a wide range of publications and DVDs on sale courtesy of the NTET exhibition team.

And, we are offering Hands-On opportunity to experience driving a ploughing engine and implement under supervision. Contact Dick to book your place.

The Celebration will take place, by kind invitation of the Society of Ploughmen, during World Ploughing 2016, which will incorporate both the 66th British National Ploughing Championships and the 63rd World Ploughing Contest which are being organised by the Society. Hobson Farming Ltd. is kindly loaning around 500 acres of land to hold the event.

It is anticipated that 30-50,000 spectators will attend over the four days. Judges and ploughmen from 32 countries will be hosted for the ‘Worlds’ from as far afield as USA, Kenya, Australia and New Zealand. Over 300 ploughmen are expected to compete in the National Championships.

World Ploughing 2016 will have trade stands, demonstrations of modern farming equipment, vintage displays and demonstrations celebrating Britain’s agricultural heritage, craft exhibits, horse ploughing and a host of other events.

In addition, the National Traction Engine Tust will soon be launching a Photographic Competition, based on 'The Year Of The Steam Plough' which we will bring more details of in due course.


22 Jun 2016