Election Fever

David Cameron today went to see the Queen, to dissolve Parliament ahead of a General Election on May 7th.  That means it is 38 days to Election Day…

However, far, far more importantly, it is 40 days til the Saffron Walden Crank Up!



Traditional Music for a Traditional Event

We’re pleased to announce that the Pell fairground organ “Fenlander II”, owned by the Froment family will be attending our event, providing traditional musical entertainment to you all.  The organ was seen at Little Downham, where it was also advertising us!

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Flying the flag

Ruston Traction Engine “Success” was out near Ely today, at the Little Downham Organ and Bygone Extravaganza, advertising our forthcoming event!

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MORE Steam Entries!

We are delighted to announce that the following engines have entered for the Saffron Walden Crank Up.

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The Sentinel steam waggon “Vectis Knight” is owned by Melvyn Camps, and spent its working life in a quarry on the Isle of Wight.  This is an unusual waggon in that it has a three-way tipping body.


Kevin Swann’s Garrett showman’s tractor “Lord George”.  This engine was built as a steam tractor (similar to “Adventurer”), but soon afterwards was converted to showman’s specification and worked for the Harris Family in Suffolk, transporting their amusements and generating electricity to light them, using the dynamo fitted to the front of the engine.



The Allen Family are bringing their Aveling & Porter steam roller “William”, which spent its working life in the city of Cambridge.


Ransomes, Sims & Jeffries were engine and implement manufacturers based in Ipswich, Suffolk.  This 7 horsepower traction engine worked commercially in Essex and is now owned by S.R. Haylock and driven by Phil Starling.

As stated before, while we are pleased to announce the steam engines as they enter for the event, please be aware that they are very old, and it is possible that last-minute problems may delay or prevent their participation.

Photos this time are from the webmaster’s collection.


EATES Anniversary Year


Part of the line-up of steam engines at the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the East Anglian Traction Engine Society, held at Saling in 2005.

This year the Society celebrates its 60th Anniversary, and we at the Crank Up are delighted to be a part of marking this special occasion.

More Steam Entries

Our steam secretary has been in touch to confirm the following steam engines have entered for the Crank Up.


GEORGE is an Aveling and Porter steam roller that worked for Essex County Council, possibly based at Newport, very near to the Crank Up Site. Steam rollers are the most easily recognised form of steam engine for many people, and also worked commercially the latest, in some cases up into the seventies.  George is now owned by Mr. D. Chidgey.


This is a Wallis and Steevens steam tractor. These were used for light haulage and timber work. This one belongs to Mr. P. Whipps.


LADY HELEN is an Aveling Barford steam roller, owned by Mr. W. Childs.


ADVENTURER is a Garrett steam tractor, which was new to the Ministry of Munitions during the First World War. It is owned by Mr. M. Dyson.

With thanks to Clive Flack for the last two photos.

While we are pleased to announce the steam engines as they enter for the event, please be aware that they are very old, and it is possible that last-minute problems may delay or prevent their participation.

Whittlesford Film Show

Steam and vintage enthusiasts in the Saffron Walden and Cambridge area might be interested in the following:

Robert Pumfrey is organising the 32nd Annual Whittlesford film and video show, to be held on Saturday, 21st February 2015 at Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Whittlesford near Cambridge. CB22 4NE.

Steam films dating from the 1960s to the present day, many unseen elsewhere, will be shown. There will also be refreshments available, and a raffle.

All are welcome at this free event, which starts at 7.00 pm.

For further details contact Robert Pumfrey BEM on robert.pumfrey@btconnect.com.


First Steam Entry received

The organisers of the Saffron Walden Crank Up are pleased to announce the first steam engine to be entered for the event is the Ruston Proctor Traction Engine “Success”, owned by the Pumfrey family from Little Chesterford.  This engine has been owned by the family since new, and worked commercially all around the local area.  She was also a regular at the Shire Hill Crank Up for many years.