Steam Extravaganza

STEAM EXTRAVAGANZA - Another Steam Extravaganza is planned for 12th & 13th April 2014, watch for details

Steam Extravaganza 2014 where we will be celebrating the golden years of steam will be held at Steamscene 12th & 13th April 2014

 The Canterbury Steam Preservation Society of New Zealand is holding a Steam Extravaganza on the 12th and 13th April on the outskirts of Christchurch. (Prepaid tickets available $9nzd pp or $18nzd family; pay by cheque made out to CSPS and send to PO Box 6172 Upper Riccarton Christchurch 8442)

The following weekend is Easter and the South Canterbury Traction Engine Club is celebrating 50 years with a community event emphasizing steam and vintage farm machinery on the outskirts of Timaru.

These events are a must for the NZ Steam fraternity and we already have indications that people are looking to travel from overseas.

The Canterbury Steam Preservation Society’s property is dedicated to steam. A rail track runs around the perimeter with a Fowler Engine and a NZ built Price being the main locomotives. The main attraction is the Steam Hall containing a Washington Boiler that produces steam to power a magnificent collection of 25 working stationary engines while another 20 await restoration in the recently completed extensions to the Steam Hall.

The Steam Hall also functions as a venue for the Saturday night dinner. This is a unique experience, having dinner surrounded by steam engines in their quiet quiet manner.

This weekend will see traction engines from the surrounding area travel to the property where they will demonstrate driving a shearing shed, road building, haulage and pile driving.

John and Sam Hawkins with their Burrell engines will travel from the north, along with other members of the Southbrook Traction Engine Club. The Hawkins family have generously contributed to the building of a Sawmill on the property. They will be operating it during the weekend.

From the West will come Gavin Calder and family with their threshing mill along with brother Malcolm with the chaff cutter. This is a site with the long straight roads and the magnificent Southern Alps in the background. Their display of threshing will feature 3 generations working together.

From the South Alan Familton will be followed by other engines which have recently attended the 150 years celebration of the Leeston township, a service town for the rural community in Selwyn.

The South Canterbury Traction Engine Club has included the community who own vintage farm machinery. There are many fully restored vintage tractors and early farm equipment in this area. This will be a truly vintage country fair with displays of equipment and vehicles that has made this area the prosperous farming area it is today and I am sure you will enjoy the hospitality.

With the emphasis on steam there are many families with long histories of operating traction engines in the area. John Kyle is tending to a wheat crop that will provide sheaves for the threshing display, while John Winter is busy preparing his collection of engines to travel up the road to this event.

For our overseas visitors it is a good opportunity between events to travel to Queenstown where you can board the TSS Earnslaw steamship which has just celebrated its hundredth year of operation on Lake Wakatipu with New Zealand’s magnificent scenery as a backdrop.

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