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Old 26th November 2018, 09:13 PM
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Default Four unique engines on NTET visit to E. Anglia.

The NTET held its AGM in East Anglia last weekend. They also visited the Long Shop and Bressingham Steam Museums, where some interesting engines were steamed up for the occasion.

Starting at the Long Shop, Garrett's home, their 'Suffolk Punch' may be unique, but is probably quite well known now that the museum have started taking it out and about, including to the Great Dorset this year. Officially known nowadays as 'The Joker', I was assured by Ronald Clark that it was colloquially know as 'Old coming as it went'.


Also present was this magnificent 6 ins scale Garrett Showman's engine. Purchased only a few weeks ago, this was almost its first outing. I hope we'll be seeing more of it next year.




The museum's Garrett DCC roller 'Consuelo Allen' was in steam too.




Moving on to Bressingham, this is the temporary home of another Garrett, 'Felsted Belle', seen here with the museum's Burrell DCC roller.


And the museum's Garrett tractor 'Bunty'.


An obscure, but unique, engine was Burrell's prototype 3 ton 'Special Light Traction Engine', built in response to the repeal of the Red Flag Act, which initially only applied to engines weighing less than 3 tons. This is a half size replica.




Another of the museum's engines is the unique Burrell SCC portable.


The final unique engine is this portable, the only survivor of a small number built by Youngs of nearby Diss.




It is nearing the end of a restoration and was especially steamed a few days earlier to mark the funeral of the last direct survivor of the Youngs family.


The owner, Jonathan Wheeler, transported the Youngs in appropriate manner, using Ruston & Hornsby agricultural 'Oliver'.




Many thanks to the staff and volunteers at both museums and everyone else involved in providing the entertainment.
Bill.
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