Masham Steam Rally

Brian Rockliff of York leaning against 'The Duke of Ongar' ' an 1898 Burrell Agricultural engine at the Masham Steam Fair.
Brian Rockliff of York leaning against 'The Duke of Ongar' ' an 1898 Burrell Agricultural engine at the Masham Steam Fair.
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Scores of steam engines, traction engines and fairground organs set up shop in the North Yorkshire town of Masham over the weekend for its annual rally.

The 47th Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally took place on Saturday and Sunday (July 21 - 22) despite fears that weeks of rain would make the land too wet to cope with the heavy vehicles.

The smallest miniature traction engine at the Masham Steam Fair was a Wallace and Stevens 3in Simplicity Roller, seen here with Mark Ison from York.

The smallest miniature traction engine at the Masham Steam Fair was a Wallace and Stevens 3in Simplicity Roller, seen here with Mark Ison from York.

The Masham Steam Rally ran for the first time in 1965 and was founded as a fundraising venture for Masham’s Town Hall, which reaches its centenary next year.

The rally has run every year since at three different venues around Masham, and has grown to be the biggest event of its kind in the country.

Last year it moved to its current home on Leyburn Road.

T&R Theakston brewery, which has sponsored the event since its inception, this year entered a scale model of a 1930s’ brewery dray wagon complete with company livery and a special wooden cask made by cooper Jonathan Manby.

Executive director Simon Theakston said: “Like the sheep fair, the Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally is one of the highlights of Masham’s annual calendar of activities.”