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Author Topic: Woodcote Steam Rally - 11th & 12th July 2015
Ken Hume
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Post Woodcote Steam Rally - 11th & 12th July 2015
on: July 7, 2015, 11:49
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The annual Woodcote Steam Rally attracts many steam traction engines that were previously used in agricultural, forestry, showman's and road making roles.

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The creme de la creme must be the showman's engines with their beautiful decorated paintwork and brass.

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These come in various sizes

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Traction engines were also used to power mobile circular saws.

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The saw bed is trailer mounted and today it is doubtful whether such a device would be acceptable today by the Health and Safty inspectors for commercial work.

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After a hard days sawing the steam traction engine can be uncoupled from the saw and in the evening travel the lanes around Woodcote to find a country pub. To hear the quiet lanes resound to the sounds and sights of steam traction engines evokes memories of the past to a time when life was slower and very probably much harder.

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The traction engine & crew eventually find a local pub where they can quench their thirst.

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Ken Hume

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