This is how fascinating the first steam tractors were, long before tractors could be hacked

Passing on a two-way highway without a shoulder can be a somewhat harrowing experience, even without oncoming traffic. More if we talk about advancing with a 21-ton steam farm tractor weight and only 16 hp.

But sometimes, only if you live in Cromford, UK, it’s the only option you have when you want to get to a classic farm machinery convention like the one on time. Steam Rallywhich this year will celebrate its 51st edition.

Cromford, cradle of the most peculiar concentrations

The protagonists of the following video are the operators of a Fowler BB1 steam tractor from the beginning of the 20th century, which were caught some time ago making a much more exciting overtaking than some of those made so far Formula 1 season.

Although these images are not current, they are circulating these days on social networks, generating a lot of curiosity. And is not for less.

See several of these steam engines on the road only seems possible in Cromford (United Kingdom), home to a significant concentration of these authentic British jewels of the past since 1970.

The first weekend of August of that year, a small group of enthusiasts decided to get together to share hobbies, race and have a good time enjoying its veteran machines, lovingly preserved and restored, in a British town.


They probably had no idea then that their little gathering would eventually become one of the great annual events of the ‘North Midlands’: el Steam Rally de Cromford.

Currently, in addition to tractors, old cars and trucks, motorcycles and a wide variety of classic agricultural machines have joined the party, such as the Ruston & Hornsby steam tractor of time from which the first video of this post is recorded and that led a couple of tractors from the manufacturer John Fowler.

In the web Garmendale Further details are given of one of these steam plowing machines, “which they could work up to 20 times faster than a horse”and almost continuously, every day of the week.

The plaque on the side identifies it as a “Tiger” steam tractor, which according to Garmendale weighs 21 tons with a full load of coal and water.

In its day this machine would have worked in pairs in the Lincolnshire bogs with its close twin, known as “The Lion”. Built in 1930, helped transform agricultural production of Great Britain after the shortage that was still kicking after the war.

Fuente: Cromford Steam Rally

And it is that, to put us in context, a man and a horse could plow approximately an acre (between 0.4 and 0.5 hectares per day) and work for an average of three days a week.

This pair of plows working together, “The Tiger” and “The Lion”, could plow 40 acres a day and work seven days a week. Therefore, instead of three acres a week, they could complete 280 (over 113 hectares).

It is estimated that they only produced between 16 and 18 nominal hpan early rough measure for power output that is not adjusted to current metrics, so it is not an exact number.

Fuente: Cromford Steam Rally

However, whether due to increased power or simply being at full throttle, seeing the exclusivo Ruston & Hornsby (only about 300 like the one in the video were made), clearing the way for the rest of the steam tractors through the traffic, it’s always a curious sight.

Although in Cromford it will not be the most fascinating: parades are held here, antique racing mowerselegance contests, tank exhibition and much more.

In addition, the entrance to this peculiar trip to the past is quite affordable: the prices for an adult are around 12 pounds, which in exchange is 14 euros to see a piece of history in person.

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