Steam Engine Parade in Telford
As part of Ironbridge Gorge Museums 50th anniversary celebrations, they are hosting a spectacular steam weekend when historic and rare engines will be visiting the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.
An eclectic collection of over 30 machines will take part in a challenging road run around the Ironbridge Gorge on Saturday 13 May when engines and drivers will be tested with steep climbs and gentle descents.
The following day, Sunday 14 May, many of the same engines will be ‘in steam’ at Blists Hill Victorian Town.
Saturday 13 May
The Ironbridge Steam Road Run will be made up of more than 30 steam machines including a variety of makes and types ranging from traction engines and steam lorries to road locomotives and ploughing engines with Sentinels, Fodens and Fowlers. Some of these engines are especially rare, particularly The Chief, a huge early Victorian ploughing engine, as well as the Lord Doverdale, one of the last commercially working steam road engines. The only surviving Agri Tractor from the six originally built will also be joining the Road Run along with the Gold Medal Tractor, which took part in the Land’s End to John O’Groats race.
Many of the drivers will be wearing Victorian costume and some will be pulling period living vans and tractors. The crews and engines will also be judged by roving assessors on their historical accuracy, time keeping and even crew cleanliness.
Leg One – staggered departure from Blists Hill Victorian Town from 10am
Travelling along Legges Way, The Lloyds, over the Jackfield Free Bridge, Ladywood, Bridge Road to Broseley High Street, down Ironbridge Road onto the Half Moon Inn via Calcutts Road and Church Road.
Leg Two – staggered departure from the Half Moon Inn, Jackfield from 2pm
Travelling via Lloyds Head over the Jackfield Free Bridge, along Waterloo Street, along Ironbridge High Street, up Dale Road to Enginuity and the Museum of Iron.
Leg Three – Staggered departure from Enginuity from approx. 3.30pm
Travelling along Wellington Road, along the Wharfage onto the Lloyds and then up to Blists Hill Victorian Town via Legges Way.
Please only park in designated car parks and ensure that you don’t block any roads along the route.
Sunday 14 May
All of these engines will be available to view on Sunday 14 May at Blists Hill Victorian Town where steam enthusiasts get to meet the crews and see the magnificent machines.
Normal admission charges apply.
Due to the historic nature of the engines involved in this event all timings are approximate and may change during the event.