The Bedford Steam Engine Preservation Society

Blletsoe Rally Poster 1963The Society was formed on 27th February 1956 by a few stalwart steam enthusiasts which has grown over the years into one of the largest preservation societies in the country. Its first steam rally was in 1957 (in conjunction with the National Traction Engine Club) at Woburn Park where it was very well attended by engines from all over Bedfordshire and surrounding counties.The Rally Committee 1979

Since those early days, the Society's annual rally's have grown considerably as has interest in the steam preservation movement. Over the years the Society has since expanded its activities to accommodate for today's changing steam engine movement and actively participates in encouraging interest in steam preservation through, for example, steam apprentice activities and road run gatherings. The main event of the year is still the Society's rally in the grounds of Shuttleworth House, Old Warden in Bedfordshire during September each year.John Crawley

Many of our members are owners of steam engines of varying sorts, some of which have been rebuilt from a derelict state and all of which require some degree of maintenance and repair. Read about some of these projects in our Member Activities pages.

To commemorate our 50th anniversary, the Society commissioned Roger Newbury to film the various celebratory events we held throughout 2006. The above video clip is an extract of the final production.

In 2006 we celebrated our 50th Anniversary with a series of commemorative events, starting with a Birthday Party attended by over 400 members and friends. This was followed by a very successful Steam Apprentice driving weekend in April, where over 100 children learnt how to safely drive and maintain steam engines, even cooking their own breakfasts on shovels.1996 bseps rally poster Midsummer brought a new event, a Village Day in Blunham joining the community for a fun family day out and incorporating a road run to the village of Tempsford. The Annual Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre, held over 3 days was the Society’s biggest ever event. The “Made in Bedfordshire” display gathered together a diverse variety of exhibits from Steam Engines to Classic Cars, Horse Drawn Ploughs to the World’s Oldest Tractor.

Meet the BSEPS Committee

John Saunders - B.S.E.P.S. PresidentJohn Saunders
President
Dave Roberts Chairman & Safety OfficerDave Roberts
Chairman & Safety Officer
Michael Watts - Vice ChairmanMichael Watts
Vice-Chairman
Lin Worbey - Hon. SecretaryLin Worbey
Hon. Secretary
Paul Worbey - Rally OrganiserPaul Worbey
Mark Worbey - Magazine Editor& ArchivistMark Worbey
Matt Moore - Rally Publicity OfficerMatt Moore
Rally Publicity Officer
Nick Allen - Membership SecretaryNick Allen
Membership Secretary
Tom Allen - Committee MemberTom Allen
Committee Member
Mark Bray - Committee MemberMark Bray
Committee Member
Sandra Bray Committee MemberSandra Bray
Committee Member
Matt Cain - Committee MemberMatt Cain
Committee Member
Peter Charles - Committee MemberPeter Charles
Committee Member
Nicky Moore - Committee MemberNicky Moore
Committee Member
Phil Piggott - Committee MemberPhil Piggott
Committee Member
Chris Pumfrey - Committee MemberChris Pumfrey
Committee Member
Peter Wheeler - Committee MemberPeter Wheeler
Committee Member

Rally History

  • Old Warden Park 12th, 13th& 14th Sept 2014 PW
  • Old Warden Park 13th, 14th& 15th Sept 2013 PW
  • Old Warden Park 14th, 15th& 16th Sept 2012 PW
    Steam Wagon Spectacular
  • Old Warden Park 16th, 17th& 17th Sept 2011 PW
    Special theme the 1963 film "The Iron Maiden"
  • Old Warden Park 18th & 19th Sept 2010 PW
  • Old Warden Park 19th & 20th Sept 2009 PW
    Special Display of Crane Engines
  • Old Warden Park 13th & 14th Sept 2008 PW
  • Old Warden Park 15th & 16th Sept 2007 PW
    Fowell & Co. Reunion
  • Old Warden Park 15th 16th & 17th Sept 2006 PW
    50th Anniversary, Made in Bedfordshire
  • Old Warden Park 17th & 18th Sept 2005 PW
    Former John Crawley Engines
  • Old Warden Park 18th & 19th Sept 2004 PW
  • Old Warden Park 14th & 15th Sept 2002 PW
  • Old Warden Park 13th & 14th Sept 2003 PW
    6" Scale Miniature, Spectacular
  • Old Warden Park 15th & 16th Sept 2001 PW
    Steam Fire Engine Spectacular
  • Old Warden Park 16th & 17th Sept 2000 PW
    Clayton & Shuttleworth Millennium Special
  • Old Warden Park 18th & 19th Sept 1999 PW
  • Old Warden Park 19th & 20th Sept 1998 PW
  • Old Warden Park 13th & 14th Sept 1997 PW
  • Old Warden Park 14th & 15th Sept 1996 PW
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  • Shefford 16th & 17th Sept 1995 PW
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  • Wren Park 17th & 18th Sept 1994 PW
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  • Roxton Park 18th & 19th Sept 1993 PW
  • Roxton Park 19th & 20th Sept 1992 PW
  • Roxton Park 14th & 15th Sept 1991 PW
  • Roxton Park 15th & 16th Sept 1990 PW
  • Roxton Park 16th & 17th Sept 1989 PW
  • Roxton Park 17th & 18th Sept 1988 PW
  • Roxton Park 19th & 20th Sept 1987 PW
  • Roxton Park 13th & 14th Sept 1986 PW
  • Roxton Park 14th & 15th Sept 1985 PW
  • Roxton Park 15th & 16th Sept 1984 PW
  • Roxton Park 17th & 18th Sept 1983 PW
  • Roxton Park 18th & 19th Sept 1982 PW
  • Roxton Park 19th & 20th Sept 1981 PW
  • Roxton Park 13th & 14th Sept 1980 FH
  • Roxton Park 15th & 16th Sept 1979 FH
  • Roxton Park 16th & 17th Sept 1978 FH
  • Roxton Park 17th & 18th Sept 1977 FH
  • Roxton Park 18th & 19th Sept 1976 CP
  • Roxton Park 13th & 14th Sept 1975 CN
  • Roxton Park 14th & 15th Sept 1974 CN
  • Roxton Park 15th & 16th Sept 1973 CN
  • Roxton Park 16th & 17th Sept 1972 CN
  • Roxton Park 18th & 19th Sept 1971 CN
  • Roxton Park 19th & 20th Sept 1970 CN
  • Roxton Park 20th & 21st Sept 1969 CN
  • Roxton Park 1969 Rally Poster
  • Houghton Conquest 21st &22nd Sept 1968 CN
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  • Woburn Park 6th & 7th May 1967 JC
  • Woburn Park 30th & 31st July 1966 JC
  • Woburn Park 31st July & 1st August 1965 JC
  • Woburn Park 1st & 2nd August 1964 JC
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  • **Bletsoe 3rd & 4th August 1963 JC
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  • No Rally in 1962 as Filming of "Iron Maiden" in July
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  • Woburn Park 5th & 6th August 1961 JC
  • Woburn Park 6th & 7th August 1960 JC
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  • No Rally in 1959
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  • Woburn Park Monday 4th August 1958 JC
  • *Woburn Park Monday 5th August 1957 JC

*Organised by the National Traction Engine Club in conjunction with BSEPS
**Organised by BSEPS and the Bedfordshire Agricultural Society
JC John Crawley organised 9 events
CN Cyril Norman organised 8 events
CP Celia Pentlow organised 1 event
FH Fred Harris organised 4 events
PW Paul Worbey has organised 34 events
All with the assistance of ever changing rally committees and their commitment.