Spotted at a steam fair at Seale in Surrey in September 1992.
Princess Maud is a showman's engine built in 1918 by the well known firm of Garrett's of Leiston. It was originally supplied to showman William Abbott of Ipswich.
Some information about showmen's engines from Wikipedea:
A showman's road locomotive or showman's engine is a steam-powered road-going 'locomotive' designed to provide power and transport for a traveling fair or circus. Similar to other road-going traction engines, showman's engines were normally distinguished by the addition of a full-length canopy, a dynamo mounted in front of the chimney, and brightly coloured paintwork with ornate decorations. The dynamo was used to generate electricity to illuminate and power various fairground rides. Although originally the ride's motion was powered by an internal steam engine, some later rides were driven direct from the showman's engine via a belt drive.
The original picture was taken on slide film. It has been digitised and cleaned up as far as possible using Photoshop. Apologies for any remaining imperfections.
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emka (73729) 2014-01-22 23:55
hello Stephen. I like old cars and trains, so it is a joy to see. Beautiful old engine on an old photo. Splendid quality after so many years. TFS
How cold, now is minus 14.
dkmurphys (46940) 2014-01-23 0:02
Very nice piece of antique tractor. I like it, I also see it is still in work.
Have a fine day.
besnard (52189) 2014-01-23 0:04
Intéressante cette photo d'un ancien engin en bon état de conservation.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-01-23 0:16
She is a fine looking beast(if I can call her that) amazing bit of engineering in bygone days hey, The long shop museum up the road in Leiston is a great place to visit.
Great image and I see its from a while ago, Tfs.
Noel_Byrne (21372) 2014-01-23 0:23
I've seen one of these at a fair and they are pretty amazing vehicles. This is a beautiful example and you choose a really cool angle to capture it from showing all ours splendor really well. Very nicely done. Very cool name too.
all the best
carlo62 (28305) 2014-01-23 0:36
una foto che viene da lontano, ma il trattore è ancor più antico della foto.
Splendido esemplare, pensa che da bambino ho guidato qualcosa di simile.
gildasjan (41058) 2014-01-23 0:43
Une belle image de l'époque argentique.Un bon cadrage de ce tracteur à vapeur.
papagolf21 (83432) 2014-01-23 1:37
Bonjour, cher Stephen,
Voilà une image très intéressante, au début, je pensais à une locomobile (machine servant aux travaux du travail du bois).
La note est très bien rédigée.
Félicitations pour cette présentation.
Une image qui n'a rien perdu de son charme au cours des ans.
trevormoffiet (2580) 2014-01-23 2:31
An excellent record of this old steam locomotive. Good colours and detail considering it was scanned from a slide. It is hard to imagine that these travelled any reasonable distances between fairs.
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-01-23 2:44
Wonderful composition and old cars.Wonderful light and naturel colours.Well done.
lousat (72855) 2014-01-23 3:00
Salut Steph,excellente capture de ce moyen archeologique tres proche a son 100eme anniversaire,tres colorees et avec des details super,interessante photo! Belle journee' et merci,Luciano
timecapturer (45587) 2014-01-23 3:06
a grand old princess this. Steam engines have so much character and real charm about them, and this one is obviously loved a great deal. Superb shot and being 32 years old this shot is amazingly clear and detailed. A perfect transition into digital. Superb!
Royaldevon (26767) 2014-01-23 4:13
It is great fun to find old shots which rekindle happy memories and experiences. You have done well to get such a good shot from a scan. Do you use a similar method to Mesut? (See one of his recent scanned shots with notes.)
I love old vehicles. We used to have an annual, steam tractor rally in the borough but, sadly, the guy who organised it died.
This shot captures all the wonderful features that characterised the vehicles. Just look at that old number plate!!
Have a great day,
Nicou (117196) 2014-01-23 5:27
Quelle iamge de ce viel engin qui marche à la vapeu cette cheminée le rendu sur le toute ces rouge sueprbe captage et iamge nostalgique.
Bravo et amitié
Sergiom (55215) 2014-01-23 5:59
Les tracteurs ressemblaient beaucoup à des locomotives à l'époque. Quel espace laissé au moteur. Cela devait presque être dangereux à manipuler. Une belle pièce de collection.
cornejo (28471) 2014-01-23 12:17
Salut Stephen très bon coup de prendre cette grande photo de ce vieux tracteur, avec une bonne netteté, lumière et couleurs, très bon et intéressant travail très bien fait, félicitations mon ami, merci pour le partage de ce beau travail.
Bonne nuit et bon week-end.
Meilleures salutations de sud de l'Espagne.
fabbs99 (16069) 2014-01-23 18:33
Superb shot of the colorful steam engine.Good sharpness and lights.
Keep sharing. TFS.
SnapRJW (29318) 2014-01-23 23:57
Hell Stephen - I love Showman's Engines and have an elder brother whose hobby is 'funfairs' of the old traditional type. He exhibits at many of the summer steam fairs and I have, on one or two occasions, accompanied him on his trips. This for me brings back special memories! I like your tight crop and considering this is a scanned transparency I think the quality is good.A treat to see. Warm regards Rosemary
ikeharel (52945) 2014-01-24 5:18
Magnificent red painted the old steamer, Stephen.
A picture I was about to think its from the digital-era, but a scanned photo, superbly posted.
A fine show of the old stuff, amazing to see how technology evolved through the 20th century.
Have a nice Friday,
Fis2 (82320) 2014-01-24 8:53
Good frame and colors.
I like it.
subhendu_bagchi (25308) 2014-01-25 2:09
A nice shot of this steam locomotive engine here. Nice presentation with apt light and very good colours. A nice shot which can remind the past. Very well done. Tfs.
Silvio1953 (116763) 2014-01-25 4:28
Ciao Stephen, beautiful photo of fascinating old locomotive, excellent clarity, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
COSTANTINO (51850) 2014-01-26 0:44
I love old cars and trains because
both bring memories from the past
the way of life in the apast
of transport and the technology
impressive colorful capture
very nicely done
original version of this old
have a nice and pleasant Sunday