Each year at Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza, we are proud to present a stunning array of some of the most beautiful steam engines to be seen anywhere in preservation in the present day.
Here are just a few of the examples of engines we have on show each year.
Showmans Road Locomotives
These powerful and beautiful steam work horses were originally in use for hauling and powering fairground equipment and rides. The rides were powered by electricity, generated by the engines 'dynamo' which was situated on the 'perch bracket' situated near the chimney near the front of the engine. Famous makers of these resplendent steam beasts were Charles Burrell and sons, and John Fowler of Leeds.
Showmans road loco's were a hard wording credit to their drivers and crews who would often travel hundreds of miles to each destination.
Burrell produced a 'special scenic' variety of showmans engine, which was fitted with another dynamo, which was known as the exciter.
For many years at the Extravaganza, we have been honoured to have many splendid types of these opulent engines on show, including 'Lord Lascelles', a Burrell scenic, owned by Mr A Williams of Wrexham, since 2007.
General Purpose Agricultural Engines
These traction engines were a hard working breed which often did a whole variety of tasks on farms including threshing, wood sawing, stone crushing, and various other tasks. Famous makers of this type of engine were, Allchin, Fowler, Burrell, and Ransome Sims and Jeffries.
These engines were often owned by contractors, who would often travel from farm to farm to perform the tasks.
Before the advent of the diesel engine, these steam engines were one of the most common sights on the road. There were two general types of steam wagon, with 'the overtype' being made famous by Foden's of Sandbach. 'Overtype' mean't the cylinders were on top of the boiler, whilst the 'undertype' of the other famous make from Sentinel, mean't the cylinders were underneath the boiler.
These engines were particularly fast on the roads, and in the case of Sentinel steam wagons often reached speeds of up to 60 mph!Also to be found at the Extravaganza, each year adding a lovely ambient sound to the proceedings are the wonderful Fair Organs which help fill the air with an incredible sound of yesteryear, which combined with the sight and smells of steam in Llandudno for the weekend, help recreate a marvellous hark back to a grand golden age.