Steam locos in spotlight at Great Dorset anniversary rally

THE 50th anniversary Great Dorset Steam Fair in August played host to no fewer than four steam locomotives – three standard gauge and one narrow – with one even operating on a length of specially laid track.

The Mid-Hants Railway’s ‘5MT’ No. 73096 has just been drawn back onto its trailer for movement back to Ropley on August 27 after its starring role at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. PHIL BARNES

On static display were Jonathan Jones-Pratt’s unrestored BR(W) ‘Castle’ No. 7027 Thornbury Castle, which was the centrepiece of a special scrapyard tableau, along with a number of traction engines, steam rollers and other machinery in a similar condition.

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