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Superb steam miniatures at the Abbey Hill Rally

Posted by Chris Graham on 9th July 2024

Joseph Lewis reports on the 40 or so steam miniatures he found on show at the 2024 Abbey Hill Rally in Somerset, on May 3rd-6th.

Abbey Hill Rally

Abbey Hill Rally: A notable selection of steam miniatures were in the Rose Tower Ring for their afternoon parade including, nearest the camera, Dan Scobie from Warwickshire with his 2016 Garrett 4CD Tilly, originally built by Mike Mortimer, which is a half-size version of the original 4CD and is a general-purpose tractor.

These included engines and owners from Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Dan Scobie from Warwickshire with his 2016 Garrett 4CD Tilly which is a half-size version of the original 4CD.

Abbey Hill Rally

Bryan Girling from Hampshire owns this Steam Traction World-built 2018 4in Burrell agricultural, Works No. 436 and registered HF70 DVR Spirit of Kent, with the Mayor of Yeovil, Cllr Andy Kendall, enjoying the ride!

One of the notable entries was a 4in scale Burrell crane engine exhibited by Ben Carter and his son, Lewis. Derek Evenson from Bolton, Lancashire built the engine in 2000 and it was commissioned in 2003, being based on the full-size Lord Derby. Ben and Lewis have recently had the boiler cladding renewed and enjoy showing their crane engine as there are not many crane engines in miniature. Ben named the engine Pete’s Dream after his dad.

Abbey Hill Rally

There are not many crane engines in miniature, but this 4in Burrell built by Derek Evenson from Bolton, Lancashire is now exhibited by Ben and Lewis Carter, being named Pete’s Dream after Ben’s dad.

One of the more unusual scale miniatures was an 8in Burrell Gold Medal owned by Clive Poole from Bideford, Devon, making his first visit to Abbey Hill. 2024 is the engine’s first rally season. This Burrell miniature was built by Anthony Theaker in Leeds over 11 years, designed by EKP in Barnstaple with castings from Bridport and bought by Clive in 2023. The engine is named Nell after the builder’s grandparents’ surname ‘Nelson’ – they were keen rally-goers. At 1.75 tons in weight it is an interesting engine to rally. Clive has taken off the canopy and placed a seat on the back.

The John Reeves Trophy for Best Miniature was presented to Mark Cassel from Dorset for 4in Burrell DCC road loco Macbeth, with Mark providing the ‘Mac’ and Elizabeth, who was also celebrating a birthday, providing the ‘Beth’.

 

This 2017-built 4in Atkinson steam lorry was built by David Bennion and purchased by the current owner Tim Vaile of Dorset in 2023.

 

An unusual 8in Burrell Gold Medal owned by Clive Poole from Bideford, Devon, making his first visit to Abbey Hill, with 2024 being the engine’s first rally season.

The John Reeves Trophy for Best Miniature was presented to Mark Cassel

This feature comes from the latest issue of Old Glory, and you can get a money-saving subscription to this magazine simply by clicking HERE

 

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