As millions off Britons took to the roads and railways on Saturday (August 28) at the beginning of the traditional three-day Bank Holiday weekend, a host of entertainments were laid on for them.
GV Fairground roundabout in action
CU Steam-operated organ in centre
GV Traction engine into position
SV & CU Steam truck (2 shots)
CU Detail of organ on roundabout
GV PAN exhibits
CU PAN men cleaning engines of old tractor
SV Children on roundabout
GV PAN Men cleaning engine of tractor
SV Old fairground steam tractor
CU Engine in operation
CU Man continues cleaning engine
CU Steam TILT TO engine in action
SV Little boy helps cleaning old steam truck
CU Man in old steam-engineers' clothes
SV Roundabout in operation
SV Engineer riding traction engine following large model in procession
CU Children riding on roundabout
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Background: As millions off Britons took to the roads and railways on Saturday (August 28) at the beginning of the traditional three-day Bank Holiday weekend, a host of entertainments were laid on for them. They ranged from seaside resorts and archaeological digs to sporting events -- and, in Brentford, a rally of a bygone means of transport. Old steam engines, that is -- in all sizes, shapes and colours, some dating back to the 1890's. There were steam-rollers, tractors, lorries, steam-organs and fairground engines driving roundabouts for the younger fans. VISNEWS was also there, to see the proud owners polishing up their machines before the main events.
SYNOPSIS: exhibition of old steam engines and a steam-driven fairground roundabout brought a splash of colour to Britain's traditional three-day August Bank Holiday weekend this week. There were steamrollers, tractors and lorries, steam organs and a variety of brightly-coloured old vehicles -- in all shapes and sizes, some dating back to the 1890's. The proud owners were there to, of course, polishing their machines until every immaculate detail glittered in the sunshine.
The three-day event -- at a gardening centre in Brentford, Middlesex, -- included a Sunday Church service preached from the steps of the old steam roundabout -- said to be one of the finest-preserved examples of ist kind in the country. When not in use as a pulpit it was, of course, the centre of attraction for all the children -- probably the sixth generation to ride its "galloping horses". Thirty tons of coal, meanwhile, were brought in to keep the eighty or so exhibits working throughout the weekend, and three old steam organs provided the music.