Thursday 11 April 2019

2019 Great North Steam Fair

Marton Box 31 and Fleetwood 40 entering service at the museum entrance

The annual Great North Steam Fair took place at Beamish again this year, running from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th April. Visiting vehicles of interest were Blackpool & Fleetwood Box Car 40 from Crich, Manchester 765 from Heaton Park, 15 inch gauge steam locomotives River Irt and Katie from the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, plus the usual varied selection of rare and unusual vehicles from all around the country. The first day on Thursday saw completely blue skies all morning with plenty of sunshine on offer throughout the afternoon, which made a pleasant change as the weather in the North East can be very fickle at times.

Manchester 765 leaving the Edwardian town

Box Car 40 ascending the steep incline from Pockerley

Marton Box 31 at the museum entrance

Sunderland 16 at the Pockerley tram stop

Marton Box 31 and a Fowler traction engine at Pockerley

Blackpool & Fleetwood Box Car 40 in the Edwardian town

A 1926 Leyland Lioness, new to Bradford Corporation but with a replica charabanc body now fitted

Daimler CVG6 number 220, new to Rotherham Corporation in 1954

A 1921 Leyland G7 with Dodson Charabus bodywork

A 1915 Pierce Arrow R8 lorry built in Buffalo in the USA

The 2007 replica bus is now wearing the livery of Venture Travel

River Irt giving rides on newly laid 15 inch gauge track behind the miners cottages

Peckett 2000 was giving passenger rides from Rowley Station

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