This years Saffron Walden Crank Up will feature a bumper steam entry. The event which is to be held on the weekend of the 9th & 10th May kicks of the East Anglian Traction Engine Societies Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Entered so far for the event, which is a continuation of the highly successful Audley End Steam Galas are the following engines:
Ruston Proctor Traction Engine No.50278, owned by the Pumfrey Family of Chesterford. This engine has been in the same local ownership since new, and holds a record for baling hay during the first world war.
Garrett Steam Tractor No.33296 is entered by Mike Dyson of Haddenham. Mike has recently published a book on Cambridgeshire Traction Engines.
Aveling Barford Steam Roller 621, is amongst the last steam rollers produced dating from 1937. It is owned by Will Childs.
Wallis Steam Tractor No.7372 will be at the event, entered by Mr Whipps and is also booked in for our Diamond Jubilee Road Run in August.
Aveling & Porter Roller No.8837 ‘George’ is an ex Essex Council roller that has recently returned to the locality, it’s entered by Dan Chidgey.
Ransomes No.15278 ‘Chieften’ is yet another local engine owned by the Haylock family and entered by P Starling.
Aveling & Porter Roller No.9246 ‘William’ spent its working life with Cambridge Corporation and is now owned by the Allen family.
Garrett Showmans Tractor No.33358 ‘Lord George’ was used commercially by the Harris family, and is entered by Kevin Swann.
Sentinel Wagon No.6887 ‘Vectis Knight’ originates from the Isle of Wight, owned by Melvyn Camps it is the only steam wagon entered for the Crank Up.
Burrell Traction Engine No.3106 ‘Princess Royal’ attended our first rally at Great Saling in 1955, Society Life Member Richard Parrott is her owner.
Fowler Roller 15490 ‘Firefly’ was recently acquired by EATES Editor Jenny Baxter, it was new to Denbighshire Council.
Clayton Roller 34980 is another newcomer to the area and is entered by John Reid both this engine and the Fowler Roller will be making their debuts with their respective owners.
Burrell Showmans Engine No.3896 ‘Margaret’ completes our line up, she was owned in her working life by Henry Thurston and toured all over the East of England. Now in the ownership of Society President Keith Honour.
In addition to the vast array of steam engines, we can also support strong support from Miniature Traction Engines, Cars, Tractors and other historic vehicles. The event promises to be a memorable occasion. For more information please visit the dedicated website www.swcrankup.co.uk