East Leeds: Temple Newsam’s gala of steam is engine fans’ dream

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Magnificent McLarens and fabulous Fowlers were among the attractions at the Temple Newsam Steam Rally over the weekend.

Families flocked to the popular event, basking in sunshine as they browsed dozens of classic engines and other memorabilia.

And there’s still time for locomotive fans to pop along to the last day of the three-day spectacular today.

The showcase includes around 30 classic steam engines to delight anoraks and novices alike. The event also includes a host of family-friendly activities.

Organiser Simon Boak said: “We have had quite a few people coming and the weather has been good. We have about 30 steam engines, including Fowlers and McLarens. Railway engineering was big in Leeds.”

The event also includes a showcase of historic fairground organs and a display from the White Helmet motorbike team.

The engine gala was organised by Pickering Traction Engine Rally, which hosts steam engine and fairground organ rallies across the country. Leeds has a celebrated history of steam engine building.

According to the Leeds Steam Engine website, last year was the bicentenary of the construction of the first locomotive in Leeds in 1812, and the city built more railway engines than any other place in England.

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