Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre 2001

Steam & Country Fayre 2001

Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre 2001

Steam Fire Engine Spectacular

Steam Fire Engine Spectacular

This year's Steam Fire Engine Spectacular weekend explored a little-known avenue of the 19th century road scene, the steam fire engine; which in England is as old as the steam railway locomotive.

In 1829, the year of the Rainhill Locomotive Trials, Messers Braithwaite and Ericsson, who were two competitors at that event, produced a steam fire engine for London. Although it was outstandingly effective at a real fire, the fire officers of the day felt it was too heavy, too slow in raising steam, and so powerful that no street water main could quench its thirst!