After a late night in the Beer Tent watching Dr Busker, a nights sleep up in the clouds, a ride on the Gallopers and Supervising Pensioner’s Crew, there’s nothing better than to chill out in the shade with an Ice Cream —— a purrrrrfect weekend.
Great to see Roy & Ruth roll up for the Sussex steam season. Nightmare looking grand as ever.
Here for your viewing pleasure, The operational vehicles of The Claude Jessett Collection at the FOT (Festival Of Transport, Hellingly) 2016
The old way of hauling timber has a number of advantages, used here so there was minimal disturbance to the ground. The wood floor is covered in bluebells in April. Here the volunteers team are using a timber tractor, tackle and block to work amongst the trees and to haul timber between them. Finally the timber is loaded onto a pole trailer.
As a volunteer for The Claude Jessett trust I attended the Volunteers experience day on Saturday April 22nd. The idea of this day is to give volunteers a chance to experience driving or operating as many items in the collection as possible as well as a chance to socialise with other volunteers who may not be able to attend the regular volunteer evenings or weekends. As a volunteer you get the chance to work on any number of on-going projects. You may change your project as time goes on or you may stick to one particular area of interest, traction engines, tractors or railways for instance. The Volunteer experience day gives you the chance to see the overall picture of what is currently being worked on, as well as items in the collection that have already been restored but that you may not have had the chance to get acquainted with.
Over the Easter weekend the Bluebell Railway was host to a particularly famous locomotive, Number 4472 ‘Flying Scotsman’. Appearing in its BR guise and numbered 60103 the Bluebell advertised the event under the title “Flying Scotsman Flying South”. The Claude Jessett Trust was approached by the railway to provide two steam road engines to form part of the display in the loco’ yard at Sheffield Park. They particularly wanted a showmans engine so the 1913 Aveling and Porter ‘Southern Queen’ converted by Claude Jessett and Owen Mitchell in the 1960’s fitted the bill and it was backed up by the Tasker roller ‘Little Giant’ originally built as a light haulage tractor in 1909 and shown as such at the Royal show at Gloucester in that year although later converted to a steam roller.