The Easter Steam Up & Road Run 2001
The Threshers Bush Steam Club's annual event went ahead as planned, though public attendance was down on last year, probably as a result of the F&M crisis and the weather didn't help - cold and blustery. There was also a great deal of rain on Saturday evening/night, so things didn't look too good for Sunday's road run. Fortunately Sunday was on the whole, rain free and there were even some quite sunny spells. Engine numbers were also down this year, again an F&M contribution. However, among those attending, there were some making their debut at Easter Steam Up, notably 1913 4nhp Burrell Gold Medal Tractor No. 3510. Owned by Sam Hawkins from New Zealand (after the 2001 rally season this Gold Medal Tractor will be freighted back to New Zealand).
On Saturday afternoon there was an unexpected visit from Fred Dibnah, steam-roller owner and former steeplejack now TV celebrity. This was a pleasant surprise for visitors.
Below there is a selection of pictures taken at this year's event, courtesy of Adrian Chapman, Mark Worbey and Alan Nash.