Hollycombe Steam Collection

Dear friends,

Thanks to a suggestion from OutaSpaceman, we journeyed down to the Hollycombe Steam Collection in Hampshire for their Festival of Steam. They have several short railways (standard gauge, narrow gauge, and miniature), plus a whole steam-powered fairground, various stationary engines, and today a large range of visiting traction engines and steam rollers. My youngest is obsessed with trains, but even he was enticed off the rails onto the Edwardian steam-powered fairground rides today. A wonderful day out, a great hit with the kids, and we never had to queue for anything. If you’re ever in the area, please pay them a visit; it would be a great shame if they couldn’t afford to maintain all this unique machinery for future generations of steam nuts.


PS. I should add that most of the traction engines were just visiting for the festival; the steam fairground, railway, and other equipment though are permanent residents.

The Steam-Powered Fairground

Traction Engines and Steam Rollers

Farming Machinery