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Jim’s travels continues with a trip to the Hellingly Rally 25 August 2013.

Sam & I took the DG6 to Hellingly on Bank Holiday Sunday in order to man the Sussex Steam Engine Club stall.

Despite the mud, the wagon went in perfectly in four-wheel drive. We parked up & left it for the day. After we re-lit to go home and without any further rain I thought it would be a simple matter to reverse out pulling the front wheels over the mud. After all I'd seen Peter Haining bombing around in Jupiter without any problems. Instead the bogie dug in & we ended up having to be towed out. Most undignified.

Once on the road again it went really well with a moving average of 18.7mph for the 17.6 miles back up the A22 with a maximum speed of 26.2mph. I'm really impressed with the original 1930 Sentinel steam powered Sat-Nav.


On 6th October my new Rotary Global Scholar, Alexandra Dawley from VancouverIsland, Canada, had her first experience of steaming.

She & I took the Waggon to Isfield Station for their autumn gathering. Theyhad the two Port of Par Bagnall locomotives visiting. Clive Groome teaches engine driving there & I include a photo of him with Alexandra and Steve Fogden, a Lavender Line driver. Clive is pretty versatile. Last year he was speaking Gujarati to my firegirl, Indian Government Scholar Shital Badwaik.

Alex did really well & we steamed perfectly both ways, helped no end by the superb new regulator valve sent the week before by Grant Goold. Even thefoot release works properly now. Brilliant!   


Regards, JIM.

Members Story’s -  Jim Hatfield - Part Four