THE LAST of the 2016 rallies for Shakespeare Promotions was the Stoke Prior rally, writes Malcolm Ranieri. Seven engines attended, including Terry Gibson’s Fowler Showman’s Road Locomotive No 15652 of 1920 Repulse, while Steve Harbach of Stourbridge took along his newly painted in family colours 1923 Foden tractor No 10694 Tiler (pictured below).
Working on the road was Daz and Fiona Wardell’s Fowler D5 15-ton road roller No 15902 of 1923 Jessica, originally sold as a convertible engine and new to Ashford DC, Kent, working up to the 1950s. The roller is roaded to most events towing a trailer and 1915 living van, currently nearing the end of an extensive restoration.
Miniature engines featured in the rally attractions – 20 examples, mostly 3in or 4in models, Burrells just edging out Garretts as the most popular. Good numbers of classic and vintage cars, motorcycles and commercials were on show; appropriately enough with the railway running behind was a 1966 Scammell Townsman three-wheel carrier, owned by John Giles, a Severn Valley Railway driver, in striking yellow NCL livery (below).
These 3-wheel mechanical horses were mainly sold to British Railways, as well as the GWR, LMS, LNER and SR, and the GPO, and are rare these days.