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Frederick, the much travelled 1/3rd sized showman’s engine has gone on a new adventure in aid of Parkinson’s UK. We have driven 120 miles to Dorset, to the Great Dorset Steam Fair: not in the back of a trailer, but towing it! The 120 miles were covered over three days, starting from St Albans on Sunday 19th August. We stopped near Windsor on the first night and then Sutton Scotney on the second, before finishing at Tarrant Hinton on the Tuesday night. Frederick performed faultlessly for the whole journey.
Our last unique run was through London in October 2017. We raised steam at Guy’s Hospital and started at 1030 touring all the accessible bridges in the Cities of Westminster and London. Our route took us past the Tower of London, St Pauls Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall & Westminster. We stopped at the Evelina Childrens Hospital at St Thomas’ at midday to pick up water and then headed towards Battersea Park before returning to Guy’s at 1500.
Our previous St Albans to Brighton, 80 mile, world record-breaking road run was in 2015. We traversed the heart of London’s busy traffic with the coal-fired, steam-powered, 1/3rd size Burrell Showman's Road Locomotive. Quite a challenge and we didn’t incur a C or T charge!
Your generous donations have already gone a small way to supporting research for Parkinson's sufferers. My wife, Cecily, has Parkinson's and the Society has helped her in many ways. It supports individuals, groups and research into this very common neuro-degenerative disease.
"Frederick" was made over a period of four years from kits manufactured by Steam Traction World in Daventry. Tim Watson is a Professor of Dentistry at King's College London Dental Institute.
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