Rare steam vehicles to create a spectacle at Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum

Ely steam fire appliance

Ely steam fire appliance - Credit: Archant

HISTORIC fire appliances and military vehicles will be on show at Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum on Sunday, including some very rare steam vehicles that will create a spectacular show, pumping water from the nearby drain and jetting it back into the water course .

Peter Swann from Emneth, with the Ely Fire Tender, and the Ely steam Fire appliance (behind).

Peter Swann from Emneth, with the Ely Fire Tender, and the Ely steam Fire appliance (behind). - Credit: Archant

During the museum’s Fire Engine and Military Vehicle Day, enthusiasts will steam the historic City of Ely Shand Mason Fire Appliance, which will again be joined by the Bedford lorry, that has been restored by Peter Swann, that used to pull the appliance for the City of Ely when horses were no longer used.

Pauline Dunham from the museum said: “What is exceptionally exciting is that the steam fire appliance will be joined by two more steaming Shand Mason appliances – the Thorney appliance owned by Bedfordshire Fire Brigade, and the Sedgwicks Watford Brewery appliance owned by Derek Wheeler.

“ These very rarest of steam vehicles will all be pumping water from the drain and jetting back into the drain creating quite a spectacle.”

The event runs from 11am to 4.30pm. Admission costs £4 for adults, £3 concessions, £1.50 children, and a family ticket costs £10. Hot and cold food will be available.


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