The Steam Apprentice Club
The Steam Apprentice Club is an organisation for young people interested in road steam engines. The club was founded in 1979 by the National Traction Engine Club and now represents the young person's branch of the National Traction Engine Trust.
The organisation is dedicated to encouraging and supporting young people interest in steam, whether they wish to learn more about the technical side and maintaince of steam engines or wish to visit steam rallies, take photos and record engines.
In recent years the SAC took on the project of building our own minature steam engine. The 4" scale Burrell traction engine was built by various enthusiastic apprentices and helpers. The project took two years to complete from 2012 to 2014. In September 2014 the finished engine was taken to the Bedford Steam and Country Show, we welcomed apprentices, parents, sponsors and various other guests to witness the debut of 'Lady Sylvia', named after one of the founding members of the SAC. On that afternoon, the she was steamed up and apprentices took turns to drive the newly built Burrell.
To become a member and get involved with the SAC, you can fill in a membership form or join online.
As a member you will recieve a quarterly magazine 'Raising Steam', the opportunity to take part in activity days, driving days and othe SAC events and gain free entry into some NTET authorised rallies.*
*Free entry into some NTET authorised rallies when accompanied by a full paying adult. SAC members must be able to show their membership cards upon arrival.
6 Month Free Membership Extension
The Steam Apprentice Club encourages the next generation through events, rallies and driving days.
Unfortunately, we haven't been able to do as much this year, so as a gift to our members, we have given all current SAC members (as of 16/08/2020) a free membership extension of 6-months.
We hope and look forward to 2021 being a much more active year for the Club.
Members will be sent a new membership card via post or email in due course.
Renewals will be moved as follows:
- Original expiry of September 2020 becomes March 2021
- Original expiry of December 2020 becomes June 2021
- Original expiry of March 2021 becomes September 2021
- Original expiry of June 2021 becomes December 2021
- Original expiry of September 2021 becomes March 2022
The Boiler Defects Masterclass
We have a new event planned for the Spring 2021.
Courtesy of Hatch Heritage & Steam Engineers, we would like to offer our members aged 15-21 the opportunity to take part in a Boiler Defects course.
Originally planned for September 2020, now postponed until Spring 2021, at the Hatch Engineering premises near Swindon.
It will teach how to recognise boiler defects, the proper use of NDT methods, and involve practical boiler inspection tasks.
This is an ideal introduction for any of our members who may want to take up a career in the heritage sector, whether it be boiler repairs, or inspection.
To apply, or for more information, please email email@example.com
Special Bumper Edition of Raising Steam Magazine
The Steam Apprentice Club produces a quarterly magazine 'Raising Steam' which is free to all our members.
It provides information about events, competitions, news and stories. We are always looking for YOUR input.
Starting in 2018 we will produce a BUMPER edition of the magazine every January, to serve as your guide throughout the year.
If you join the club in 2018 you'll receive a copy of this edition as part of your new member's pack.
If you have anything you'd like to contribute to the magazine, you can contact our editor at
The 2018 edition features 80 pages of information, articles, pictures and muh more!
Online Membership and Renewals
You can now join the Steam Apprentice Club online, and renew your membership too!
(the link will take you to a page on the National Traction Engine Trust website)
The Build A Burrell Project
The Steam Apprentice Club's 4 inch scale burrell - "Lady Sylvia" was built by our members.
See our "Build A Burrell" page for more details!
The Steam Apprentice Club is now on Facebook!
Visit our new Facebook page and 'like' us to receive updates about the SAC!
Click HERE to go to facebook and see our page
About the SAC
The Club was formed in 1979 by the National Traction Engine Club for young people under the age of 21 who are interested in Steam Engines.
Today its the young person's branch of the National Traction Engine Trust.
Many people watch engines at steam rallies, but few of them know how an engine works, and even fewer have the chance to have a go.
- The Club has a quarterly magazine, 'Raising Steam'.
- Many Steam rallies offer free entry to club members
- Take advantage of Driving Days and the NTET driving course.
- Special Discounted Offers
- Log book scheme to keep a record of your experience on traction engines
SAC Mission statement and objectives
"To foster the interest of all people under 21 in
Steam Traction in its many guises"
This means not only encouraging youngsters to work on and understand traction engines, steam rollers, wagons etc., but also to take an interest in their history, design and manufacture, stories of their use, photography and/or drawing engines, modelling, etc, In fact the whole hobby in its widest sense.
- Encourage youngsters to join the S.A.C. and learn in a safe environment the requirements and the workings of
Road Steam Engines.
- Encourage apprentices not only to be competent around an engine, but when old enough, to pass the
- Arrange steam apprentice days with rally organisers and groups of willing individuals.
- Raise technical knowledge by arranging talks and practicals with 'craftsmen'.
- To introduce families to engine owners with a view to long term experience.
The SAC committee have been discussing the possibility of bringing Raising Steam into the 21st century by sending you and electronic copy vie e-mail instead of in the post!
Right now it's just an idea, but we've set up a vote to see how you, our members, feel.
Please click HERE and give us your vote.