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About this eventWith grateful thanks to Nick Pidgely and the staff and volunteers at Amberley Museum, we are pleased to be able to offer perhaps the most ambitious combined road and rail steam event we have yet attempted. Featuring a number of visiting road steam engines, we will have a full day of photography around the site with many cameos. We aim to have at least one living van in use (and hopefully more) plus a number of other period props to help recreate the days of steam in the 1920s and 1930s.
It is currently confirmed that up to eight road engines will be in steam, though others may be confirmed between now and early July. I always prefer to err on the side of caution, but this is my best summary given in good faith of those who have committed to attend:-
Burrell steamroller No.4058 Joan. Built in 1926, the engine carries the deep crimson livery most associated with Burrell.
The Burrell compound crane engine No.3829 His Majesty of 1920
Tasker steam tractor (a little giant!) Willow oí the Wisp, No.1424 of 1910
Garrett general-purpose steam engine Olive of 1911, No.29764
The Marshall general-purpose engine Victoria, Empress of India, built in 1886, works number14242
Aveling and Porter road roller Hengist of 1914 No.8455
Wallis and Steevens steamroller No.8105 of 1936 plus its sister engine Wallis and Steevens steam roller No.8104 of 1936, bringing the total of engines to eight.
We also hope to have a C Type Foden waggon, subject to confirmation
Of course, itís always possible that one or two may fall by the wayside between now and early July, but we will have as many engines as possible available and we also have the coal to fuel them! All the stops are being pulled out to make this a truly memorable event.
The Railway expects to have Peter and Polar Bear in steam for the day. Although Peter is not officially re-commissioned until later in July, unless something unforeseen happens it will be back in steam for our event.
Amberley Museum is set in a former chalk pit in the West Sussex countryside. It was created in the 1970s to meet the need for a centre in the south east of England to conserve and demonstrate the industrial history which was rapidly being lost, and the County Council was persuaded to purchase the site at auction to stop inappropriate development. Since then it has grown into a major open air museum with its own railway, significant collection of road transport exhibits and many displays which reflect the industrial and archaeological past of the region across a 36-acre site. The Museum is located on the B2139 between Storrington and Arundel in West Sussex, at BN18 9LT for those using satellite navigation, and is just a few hundred yards from Amberley Railway station on the national network. There is a cafe on site and it will be open. Free parking is available on site within the Museum complex. The Museum is closed to the public on the day of our charter.
If you love live steam in its many forms then this is one event you really wonít want to miss!
The cafe will be open 09.00 until 14.30 on the day and free parking is available in the public car park adjacent to the site next to the Network Rail station and within the Museum for anyone with mobility problems.
- Spare batteries
- Camera protection - rain covers etc
- All levels welcome
- Sturdy outdoor shoes
- Warm clothing
- Wet weather gear