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Monday 8th July 2024 09:30-17:30 West Sussex, BN18 9LT

Vintage transport action at Amberley Museum in West Sussex with up to ten road engines in steam

Join us for a day of vintage transport photography at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre in West Sussex with a host of visiting road and agricultural engines in steam plus additional railway and road action


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About this event

With 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 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 scenes. 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.

The event now has eight road steam engines confirmed as taking part including three that have never previously featured on our charters, plus a superb steam car and various other aspects of vintage transport. Amongst the highlights, we will have two engines in steam together that have not been seen together for some twenty years, the Marshall engine "Victoria, Empress of India” and the Fowler "Albert” which both worked for Walter Seward’s thriving threshing and haulage business from 1886 and 1895 respectively until the 1930s. "Albert” has been based in France since 2002, and was repatriated from France in April 2024 following the death of its owner; the two traction engwill be reunited at Amberley in July. This is building towards being our best heritage transport event at Amberley for many years.

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 across a 36-acre site.

The Museum is located on the B2139 road 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 site is not open to the public on this day so we will have the Museum to ourselves to set up cameo scenes at our leisure. Previous events have seen up to ten road locos in steam and in 2024 we expect this to again be the case with some new, different engines on the guest list to add variety to the fantastic line-ups of previous years. It is always a great day out, so hope you will want to join us.

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lenses
  • Camera protection - rain covers etc

Other things you should bring

  • Snacks


  • All levels welcome


  • Low

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