|Posted by lancashiretec on March 28, 2018 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
It has been a timely coincidence that two ailing Lancashire Heritage clubs have both had somewhat of a renaissance in the last few years.
The Lancashire Traction Engine Club has run many successful rallies in its 53 year history. The Burtonwood Rally may be remembered by some readers and, more recently, May Day Steam which it ran for 29 years alongside the Urmston & District Model Engineering Society. Unfortunately 2010 saw the last May Day Steam and, since then, the membership of the club has dwindled to point where it was struggling to continue.
The Red Rose Steam Society are the people behind the Lancashire Mining Museum and are responsible for restoring the Astley Green winding engine and pithead gear after it was saved from demolition in 1970. The wrecking ball was on site and the destruction was about to start when Lancashire County Council intervened, recognising the uniqueness of the 3,300 hp twin tandem compound steam winding engine and halted the process. As the result the museum houses Lancashire’s only surviving headgear and engine house, both of which now have scheduled monument and listed building status. Since taking on the lease of the site in 1983, a dedicated band of volunteers have restored the winding house and engine to the point where it ran again for the first time in 2013 and attention now turns to the pithead gear. An English Heritage report puts the headgear in the "At Risk" category and, unless repairs and maintenance can be carried out urgently, it is likely that it will be lost forever. The structure has been deemed too unsafe for access and unless sufficient funds can be obtained to repair and paint the wrought iron, the trustees feel the only alternative would be demolition. The society have set a timescale of completing the preservation by 2020, the 50th anniversary of the pit closing.
And so, on 19th & 20th May this year, the first Lancashire Steam Heritage Festival will take place; a joint venture between the two clubs.
At the time of writing planning is very much ongoing but it is hoped that there will be 20 full sized steam engines, miniature steam (both road and rail), 20 or more vintage tractors, vintage motorbikes and working exhibits. On the museum site there is already the magnificent winding engine to see (which will be run on compressed air regularly over the weekend), the collection of 28 colliery locomotives (the largest collection of its type in the United Kingdom), a 2' gauge colliery railway which it is hoped will be hosting a steam loco for the first time in its history (courtesy of the West Lancs Railway), a blacksmiths forge and many other working engines and museum artefacts. There is also a reconstruction of a miners cottage and a newly opened tea room.
Tickets will be available to pre-order through Eventbrite and there will be plentiful parking for the show.
There has been a commitment to run this event for three years at least and, as more of the museum site is cleared and tidied, so it is hoped the event will grow to become a highlight of the rally calendar.
|Posted by lancashiretec on February 3, 2018 at 7:40 AM||comments (0)|
This year's AGM will take place on SATURDAY 3rd March, at Bolton Steam Museum.
There will be a private steaming of the museum, followed by the AGM meeting, pie and peas and the annual quiz and photoraphic competition.
All members have been sent all details and can book through the online system or by calling the Membership Secretary, Hazel. Non-members are also welcome as guests of members.
|Posted by lancashiretec on February 3, 2018 at 7:35 AM||comments (0)|
Due to the expense and poor attendance of the monthly meeting, it has been decided that these will now be on a more casual basis. All members who use our on-line service will be informed about meetings and events by email and will be able to book spaces using the on-line booking system; click on "Events" in the blue bar towards the top of the page.
|Posted by lancashiretec on October 18, 2015 at 7:05 AM||comments (0)|
As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations we are building an onlne archive of the history of the club. This will include many previously unseen photos digitally reproduced for the first time from members slides and prints.
We also welcome submissions from anyone else who would like to share their photos with the club's archive. please visit the archive page for help on adding your photos to the archive.
Click https://sites.google.com/site/ltecarchive/Archive" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">HERE to visit the archive pages.
|Posted by lancashiretec on June 30, 2015 at 7:00 AM||comments (0)|
The 28th June was the day most of Cheshire went to Lymm, so it seemed. The whole town was buzzing with people who came to see the many examples of historic machinery on display.
The day started with a parade through the town, where bicycles, motorbikes, cars, horse-drawn floats, tractors and, of course, steam engines passed through the picturesque town on their way to the May Queen Field or other locations around the town.
On the May Queen Field there was bands playing, a fair for the children and many of the vehicles on display, plus stalls and other displays. Around the town there were model railway exhibitions, art exhibitions, a large collection of steam engines (supplied by our own members and sponsored by the Lancashire Traction Engine Club) plus hundreds of canal boats of all shapes and sizes.
Later in the day the canal boats did a parade of their own while the crowds still lined the banks.
A tremendous event and, considering it is only in its third year, a very successful one. I'm looking forward to next year already.
Take a look at the gallery to see lots of pictures taken on the day.
|Posted by lancashiretec on April 30, 2015 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
This year's steam party at the Hark to Bounty pub in Slaidburn will take place over the weekend of June 13th and 14th.
More information on the website - www.slaidburnsteam.co.uk
|Posted by lancashiretec on March 8, 2015 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
The AGM took place on Sunday 1st March and was well attended by 8 committee members and 14 other members.
The main news to report were a few alterations to the committee members. Richard Fairhust has resigned after 20 years good service to the club. I would like to offer our thanks for his hard work over the years. This left a number of vacancies on the committee but two members present were willing to stand so we would like to welcome Hughie Winterbottom and Chris Adamson to the committee.
Accounts were looking healthy, though membership numbers are down. Any suggestions about how to improve membership would be welcome. Ideas on the night included improved high-profile speakers for the meetings, occasional changes to meeting time and/or venue plus more club related steam activity throughout the summer.
|Posted by lancashiretec on March 8, 2015 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
This year we are proud to have been asked to supprt the Lymm Historic Transport Day.
Since the demise of May Day Steam in 2011, the LTEC has had no real input to any local steam event. However, the LHTD, now entering it's third year, has been going from strength to strength. The steam section of the event has, until now, been small but, with input and sponsorship from the LTEC club, will become a major part of the event and a new focus for the club as a whole.
15 full sized engines are hoping to attend for a steam party on Saturday 27th June, followed by taking a major role in the parade and attractions of the main event on Sunday 28th June.
The support and collaboration between the two clubs has been offered for one year only, on a trial basis, but I can see no reason why this shouldn't become a fruitful partnership for both clubs in the future.