28 Feb ’13
The romantic era of steam. It holds an irresistible attraction for both the Lovely Man and I. I’m not any sort of petrol head, but I’ve long held a fascination for all the shiny brass bits, the might and the power of steam driven engines. I love the fact that you can see all the working parts, pistons and cams and gears.
The Steam Traction Society, based just outside of Feilding, held its Great Manawatu Steam Fair over the last weekend. We packed up yet another picnic (I’m getting well practiced at baking up goodies on Saturday afternoon for our Sunday excursions.), gathered up our kids and a couple of hangers-on and headed over.
Wow. The sight of a field full of working traction engines is quite something. I didn’t count how many, they kept moving around, but there must have been at least eight. Which might not sound like much, but truly it was a sight to behold, all chuffing and smoking stacks. And huge wheels. Awesome.
First up we all jumped in the people carrier trailer for a turn around the paddock behind a smoking, steaming beast. Even Billy had to smile as we lurched along.
That’s smoke in the air, not lack of focus.
And the best bit was yet to come. We could have a turn at actually driving them! Continue reading