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March 2017



You guide to steam rallies and events for 2017, included free with the March 2017 issue.

To a Topless Lesley Garrett

After its epic John o’ Groats to Land’s End run ten years ago, Garrett 35225, Lesley, was in need of a rebuild. As only he can, Colin Savage tells the story of its dismantling.

AEC’s Mighty Millie

Associated Equipment Company (AEC) trucks were popular with the military, and were used for a variety of tasks. Enthusiast Iain Crosbie from Lochwinnoch in Ayrshire owns an Mk3 Militant that served with the British Army in Germany, writes Bob Weir.

The First Steam Fire Engines Part 2

Ron Henderson concludes his look at the development of early steam fire engines and the companies that made them.

Busy at Buglawton

Alan Porter reports on the on-going restoration and repair work at Will Woodward’s workshop.

Who Lived On The Edge?

Peter Brockington looks at a dangerous job in New Zealand – sulphur extraction in a volcanic crater.

Diary of a Touring Motorist

Allan Lloyd sets out to recreate the spirit of a 1930s motoring tour on today’s roads.

Small is Beautiful

Stationary engines are an important part of our industrial heritage, and are still very popular with engineering enthusiasts. They are also an essential ingredient of a good vintage vehicle show, as Bob Weir discovered.

Heading Home

When you go to a rally, do you ever wonder how all the exhibits get there and back? Jim Wilkie takes a look.

New Forest’s 25 Years

Jim Gerrard celebrates the 25th anniversary of the New Forest branch of the NVTEC.

Remembering Beaulieu’s Brickworks

Receiving some photos from Dave Bonner, Brian Gooding did some digging into the history of this lesser known part of the Beaulieu Estate.

Back to the Future Part 1

Kingston upon Hull is the UK City of Culture for 2017. Bob Weir went to the River Humber to find out about the Yorkshire city’s industrial past.

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