Ironbridge Steam Road Run & Rally
13 May 2017 – 14 May 2017
We are hosting a spectacular steam weekend when historic and rare engines will be visiting the World Heritage Site.
As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations we’re 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.
Click here for the route map, you can view the Road Run at different times throughout the day as the convoy travels around the Gorge. Please only park in designated car parks and ensure that you don’t block any roads along the route.
There is a FREE park & ride on Sat 13 May from the Ironbridge Park & Ride Car Park (TF4 3LE) to the Museum of The Gorge - it departs every 20 minutes from 10am - 1.20pm & 2.20pm - 5.20pm. The return service from the Museum of The Gorge to the Ironbridge Park & Ride Car Park departs every 20 minutes from 10.10am - 1.30pm & 2.30pm - 5.30pm. Please note this service does not stop at Coalbrookdale Museums.
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.
The Road Run Engine List (by maker, and subject to change):
John Fowler & Co Ltd
14 NHP Single cylinder ploughing engine – built 1875 – ‘The Chief’ – 142 years old and one of only three operational
8 NHP Traction Engine – built 1899 – ‘Blackjack’
12 NHP K7 Ploughing engine – built 1917 – ‘Linkey’ – 100 years old
5 NHP D5 Steam Roller – built 1923 – ‘Jessica’
5 NHP DNB Steam Roller
3 NHP T3 Tiger Tractor – built 1917 – ‘Lord Doverdale’ – 100 years old and one of the last commercially working steam road engines
William Foster & Co Ltd
4 NHP 3 speed Compound tractor – ‘Ikanopit’
J&H Maclaren Ltd
8 NHP Traction engine – built 1882 – only surviving example
5 NHP 3 speed traction engine – ‘Pecker’
8 NHP Road Locomotive
Charles Burrell & Sons Ltd
7 NHP Traction engine
4 NHP 2 speed tractor
4 NHP Gold Medal tractor – took part in the Land’s End to John O’Groats race
Clayton & Shuttleworth Ltd
7 NHP Traction engine
Wallis & Steevens Ltd
8 NHP Traction engine – ‘Panther’
4 NHP Oil bath steam tractor
Aveling & Porter Ltd
6 NHP Steam roller – built 1914 – ‘Aveliana’
4 NHP Compound tractor – built 1927 – ‘Oberon’
4 NHP Compound tractor – built 1926 – ‘Morning Star’
4 NHP Compound tractor – built 1906 – ‘Dougal’
DG4 Steam waggon
DG8 Steam waggon
Edwin Foden & Sons Ltd
5 ton Steam waggon
4 NHP Agri tractor – unique surviving example of only six originally built
Marshall & Sons Ltd
4 NHP 5 ton Steam tractor – built 1915 – ‘The Mascot’
4 NHP 5 ton Steam tractor – built 1925 – ‘Moonraker’
Richard Garrett & Sons Ltd
4 NHP 4CD compound tractor
4 NHP 4CD compound tractor
W Tasker & Sons Ltd
4 NHP 3 speed chain drive tractor – rare example
Ruston Hornsby Ltd
7 NHP Traction Engine – built 1922 – ‘Hildary’ – rare example