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ISBN: 9780857041623
AUTHOR: Paul Stratford
The Great Dorset Steam Fair
The Great Dorset Steam Fair
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Throughout the summer months on most weekends around the country there are numerous traction engine rallies, ranging from small local gatherings, charity events and rural fayres with just a couple of local engines to three-day rallies with up to one hundred traction engines from all parts of the country attending.

But there is one event which eclipses them all the Great Dorset Steam Fair. This is held annually over five days on 600 acres of farmland at Tarrant Hinton in Dorset in the week following the August Bank holiday weekend.

The Fair was the brainchild in 1968 of local farmer Michael Oliver and museum owner Ted Hines. Between them they brought together a small group of steam and vintage machinery enthusiasts for a small gathering on a patch of land adjacent to the museum with the aim of having a collection to raise money for a cancer charity.

Since then the event has grown to be the largest and most prestigious of its kind worldwide. Organised primarily by the Oliver family, founder Michael Oliver was awarded the MBE in 2004 but sadly passed away in 2009 leaving son Martin to take over the onerous task of running the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

This unique album which was shot over a period of years from 1989 to the present day, captures in over 140 captivating and nostalgic images the excitement and intensity that makes the Great Dorset Steam Fair a totally unique and much loved event.

Paul Stratford was born and has lived his whole life in Warwickshire. From an early age he has always had an interest in steam railways, which began with the Stratford and Midland Junction Railway, which ran close to his home village. Latterly he has travelled extensively both in the UK and Worldwide photographing working steam railways before turning his attentions to not only photographing, but also restoring and driving traction engines. After becoming a volunteer in the steam locomotive department at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway he has subsequently qualified as a fireman and now has ambitions to become a driver. His previous books for Halsgrove, Classic Traction Engines and Traction Engines: Preservation and Power have both been widely acclaimed.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 162 3, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published July 2012.

Traction Engines Preservation & PowerTraction Engines Preservation & Power - £19.99
Paul Stratford has captured the magnificence of these superb machines, often in settings that look much the same as they did fifty or a hundred years ago. He evokes an atmosphere of a happier time when faith in British engineering and pride in skilled work well done were hallmarks of working life, and when the pounding of these stupendous mechanical beasts was a regular occurrence in the fields, fairs and highways of England.
Classic Traction EnginesClassic Traction Engines - £16.99
This large format pictorial album by Paul Stratford is intended as a tribute the traction engine manufacturers and to those who have laboured long and hard to preserve and restore some of these remarkable engines.
Web Price: £14.99
17.37 EUR 18.74 USD 24.55 AUD

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