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Here's my story so far:
Steam in my family goes back over 150 years to the very beginning of steam when we used traction engines commercially right up to there demise in the mid 1940's. Grandad worked with steam "man and boy" until his traction engine was cut up for scrap in the early 1950's.
Steam did not stay out of the family long until my late great grandfather made the decision to purchase our current traction engine " Lord of the isles" which joined our collection in the very early 1960's. " Lord of the isles" was my grandfathers pride and joy and he loved nothing more than driving her around the local area under her own steam
Sadly he lost his battle against Myeloma in Feb 2007. Since then I have completely rebuilt the engine to present day condition, fully overhauling all mechanical components. It has probably not been in this sort of mechanical condition since its earliest days of existence
In recognition of this and in memory of my Grandfather I have decided to undertake the 200 miles journey from my home town of Wisbech to this years Great Dorset Steam Fair by road rather than low loader. The Great Dorset Steam Fair is the largest steam event of its kind in the world, it was always his wish to take the engine to the show but sadly he never did.
I hope to undertake this journey in under three days. This is quite a task at an average speed of under 15mph and with the frequent stops for water and coal that will be required along the way. We're leaving on Friday 29th August and hope to arrive on Sunday 31st
Please support my run, however small a donation you make, every little helps
Andrew Waling (and team)