More Steam!

Our Steam Secretary has been in touch to let us know that he’s received more steam entries, all of which are return visitors to our event!

Paul Whipps will be driving over with his speedy Wallis steam tractor, which was built in Basingstoke and spent the first years of its life in Hampshire.

Nick Allen and family are bringing their Aveling & Porter steam roller, which spent its working life in Cambridge

Melvyn Camps is steaming down from Wimbish with his Sentinel steam waggon, that worked on the Isle of Wight and is fitted with a three-way tipping body

and the Pumfrey family are bringing their Ruston, Proctor traction engine again.  This engine has been owned by the family since new, and worked commercially in the local area, at times within a stone’s-throw of the Crank Up site.

That’s it for this update, but here is a picture of the Ruston engine threshing in Little Chesterford in 1928.

Success Threshing on Rectory Farm, Lt Chesterford 1928 driver A. Ripsher


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 33rd Annual Whittlesford film and video show, to be held on Saturday, 27th February 2016 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 7.30 pm.54

For further details contact Robert Pumfrey BEM on

More than steam!

Of course, at the Crank Up we are very proud of our line up of steam engines, but that doesn’t mean that other sections are neglected.  Entries are coming in well.

Of particular note, and with a local connection, is this fine Ruston & Hornsby stationary engine owned by Mr. Thomas from Saffron Walden.


“The engine was supplied new in 1939 to Saffron Walden Engineering who installed it into Barnards mill in Newport, near the station.

It was removed from the mill in the mid 70’s and put onto a lorry for Rallies, it then spent many years in storage until 2011 when it was mounted on a trailer to rally again.”

The photo was taken at last year’s Crank Up

More Steam Exhibits!

Our Steam Secretary has been in touch to keep us up to speed with our steam entries, and he’s had a flurry of forms in!


Returning for the second year are East Anglian stalwart Will Childs with his Aveling Barford roller “Lady Helen” and the Reid family with their rare Clayton & Shuttleworth steam roller.  Society magazine editor Jenny Baxter is bringing her smart Fowler T3 roller “Firefly”, which debuted in her ownership at last year’s Crank Up.  Stephen Haylock’s Ransomes engine “The Chieftain” is also attending, in the care of Phil Starling, an engine that has lived in Essex for all its long life.


New for this year are Matt Garwood’s 1891 Aveling roller “The Old Girl”, seen here at Thurlow Rally 2011 (Photo C. Flack),




and the Worbey family’s Garrett overtype steam wagon.  This engine was owned locally for a time by Taylor Brothers of Wimbish.  Seen here at Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre 2014 (Photo: webmaster)