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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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