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December 2017


The End of an Iconic Era

Richard Sandercock’s retirement sale at Dingles was an eagerly awaited event. It did not disappoint, as Jim Gerrard found out.

Cumnock Classic

Jim Smith has been collecting old fire appliances for many years, and recently turned his hand to steam engines. Bob Weir went to Cumnock to see his latest project, 1916 Ruston, Proctor portable Portly Polly.

Derek Marder – 70 years an engine owner

Peter Hammond went along when an event was held to celebrate a major preservation milestone.

The Lightship Clubhouse

Jim Wilkie relates how a retired lightship became a clubhouse for a cruising club. 

William Smith of Woolston

Dick Bodily looks back at a lesser-known pioneer of steam ploughing.

A Plethora of Ploughing

The annual British National Ploughing Championships were held in Somerset in October this year. Brian Gooding walked most of the fields to capture the action.

Tales from the Upper Pool

James Hamilton enjoyed the spectacle of a ‘glug’ of Thames Barges as they sailed into London’s heart.

Through the Looking Glass

Peter Brockington went to learn about a couple building shepherd’s huts in south Wales, but found a lot more to interest him besides.

Swinging in Somerset

Brian Gooding dropped in on a Somerset town after learning about an unusual bridge.

Knockando Woolmill

John Hannavy explores a rare Highland survivor.

Interesting Finds Out West

It’s amazing what you can find on a wander around an area. Brian Gooding discovered some interesiting items in 
the west.

Bathgate’s Bairns

The model 4/65 was one of the last tractors to wear the Nuffield badge. Bob Weir went to the Scottish borders to meet Len Hopkinson, and his recently restored example.

Macedonian Diary

Peter Brockington finds more interesting items on his trip to Eastern Europe earlier this year.

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