By Andrew Smith
Our spring visit this year was held on Saturday 25th May at the Antell’s yard in Shillingstone, Dorset, on a gloriously hot spring day. Members had travelled from far and wide and were greeted by no fewer than thirteen full size engines in steam, five of which are owned by the Antell family and are based in the yard. Eight visiting engines were present, some having stayed on from the previous weekends local Three Okefords Rally, and some roading in on the day.
The resident engines were Paul Antell’s Robey traction engine No. 29333, “WALLY”, AD 9899 (Fig. 1), the Antell families Robey portable No. 28086 (originally No. 6529 before being reboilered) (Fig.2), John Antell’s Fowler A8 traction engine No.11491, “DREADNOUGHT”, AH 6486 and Fowler BB1 ploughing engine No. 13482, NO 797 and David Antell’s Wallis & Steevens Advance roller No. 8100 “JAMES STUART”, BAA 432 (Fig. 3).
Visiting engines were Robert Coles Burrell scenic No. 3896 “EARL BEATTY”, CO 4052 (Fig. 4), Nick Baker’s recently acquired Ruston and Hornsby compound traction engine No. 122300, CJ 7207 (Fig. 5). In Graham Froud’s custodianship was Fowler roller No. 9005 “LORD KITCHENER”, HR 3582 (Fig. 6). Mark Farwell brought along two engines, Fowler traction engine No. 11814, “BERKSHIRE TARIFF QUEEN”, MO 2909 and Marshall road loco No. 68632, “BEN LOMOND”, KE 2361. Turbo Vincent brought his Foden “C” type wagon No. 11414 “FREDDIE”, TA 9891. Jim Goddard brought along Clayton & Shuttleworth traction engine No. 43130, “GLADSTONE”, BH 5494 from Dorchester. Garrett 4CD showman’s tractor No. 33505,”THE RAMBLER”, BJ 4308 (Fig. 7) was provided by Gary Richards from Southampton. Finally Chris Lawson and Laura Kimber roaded in 8NHP Marshall traction engine No. 55924, which has been the subject of a major rebuild by the owners following its return from Australia many years ago as a kit of parts.
For members enjoyment Tom Antell had set up a fantastic display of Robey works photos that he has collected on visits to the archives in Lincoln. Many of these I personally had not seen before especially the conventional design of early steam wagons, which even carried the “Lincoln Imp” I had only previously seen on Ruston products.
Paul Antell had arranged for the local WI to take care of refreshments and they were housed in the engine shed which was very much appreciated by the 100 plus members who attended for a most enjoyable day (Fig. 9).
A huge thank you on behalf of the Society to Paul, John, David (Fig. 8), and Tom Antell in particular as well as the entire Antell family. Also to the friends who brought along, crewed and cleaned the engines as well as those who helped with tidying up etc. It’s a huge effort and was much appreciated by all who attended.
We would very much like to have next years Spring Visit further north so we would be delighted to hear any suggestions or indeed any offers to host the visit, so please do get in touch.