Monday, October 8, 2018

The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 pt4

It was now well over a month ago but here are the last few pictures from this year's GDSF. Here's to hoping I am at home for it again next year...

In the military vehicles section a Kettenkrad.

I've always been a bit curious as to how the steering works on
a Kettenkrad. If you think about it the front wheel is completely
superfluous as by itself it has no hope at all of persuading the
contraption around any corners. Look closer and you steer the
'krad with foot operated brakes on the left and right tracks. These
brakes have linkages to the handlebars, so turn the handlebars and
as well as the front wheel moving the relevant track brake is also
applied. So, begs the question why they bothered with a front
wheel and handlebars at all? Presumably it was to give feel and
familiarity to the driving experience for soldiers well used to
motorcycles but completely unfamiliar with tanks.

Air cooled Royal Enfield stationary engine.

Close up and you can see a use of elaborate alloy
castings that is typical of Royal Enfield and a result
of their in-house foundry.

These guys brought along a whole old school belt driven
machine shop. What an undertaking for a few days of display.
I take my hat off to them when I consider how much effort just
moving my Le Blond lathe in to my workshop was!

More of that portable machine shop.

In the fairground area the Ken Fox Wall of Death display
brought in the crowds.

Nelson Brothers 'Little Jumbo' Type T c1925 from Massachussets
USA. 1 3/4 hp.

Funnels, funnels, funnels.

Pulling along a gert big load of chains.

And a gert big tanker!

Driver's seat.

Road man's wheels and home.

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