Steam show rolls in

Derek Rayner and his 1915 Aveling & Porter steam roller (WHITE ROSE) on Farmer Copley's where the Leeds and District Traction Engine Club's steam rally will take place on August bank holiday.
Derek Rayner and his 1915 Aveling & Porter steam roller (WHITE ROSE) on Farmer Copley's where the Leeds and District Traction Engine Club's steam rally will take place on August bank holiday.

STEAM engine enthusiast Derek Rayner rolled over to Farmer Copleys to secure a prominent spot for Pontefract Steam Rally on bank holiday weekend.

Mr Rayner, 69, and his 1915 Aveling and Porter steam roller – White Rose travelled from Ackworth, rolling at around three miles per hour to the site, on Pontefract Road, Featherstone.

Mr Rayner, Leeds and District Traction Engine Club (LDTE) president, bought the vintage steam roller in 1964 and joined the LDTE in 1965.

He said: “It takes one person to drive it and one person to steer it, I really like driving on the road because it feels like a living being.”

“On the day I will be involved in a road making display, and using the machine in the same way as it was used in the 1950s.

“The show will be bring something different to the town that people will not have seen before, including a steam engine coming over from Australia.

“The show will be a very good thing for Pontefract and we have found a very welcome host.”

LDTE organised the event – which had previously been held at Harewood House in Leeds – and expect around 5,000 people to flock to the inaugural rally in Pontefract.

There will be a vast variety of steam engines, traction engines, miniature engines and classic cars and motorcycles at the show on August 28 and 29.

The event will start at 10am on Sunday.

For more information call Alan Jackson on 01484 686050.

l The Express will have a stall at the rally on Monday, come and see us there!