Engines firing at Leneva Steam Rally

HARKING BACK: Alastair Wilson from the Border Steam and Oil Engine club fires up the rebuilt Ruston Proctor steam engine. The machine's whirring over was a highlight of the club's Easter rally. Picture: MARK JESSER
HARKING BACK: Alastair Wilson from the Border Steam and Oil Engine club fires up the rebuilt Ruston Proctor steam engine. The machine's whirring over was a highlight of the club's Easter rally. Picture: MARK JESSER

THE Border Steam and Oil Engine Club spent more than five years restoring its Ruston Proctor portable steam engine.

But firing it up at the Leneva Steam Rally at the weekend made all the hard work worthwhile. 

Club vice president Peter Lawrence said when he first joined the club the machine was collecting dust.

“As far as I’m aware, this particular engine has been with the club for about 25 years,” he said.

“It came from a farm on Eastern View Estate.

“We've spent the last few years getting it back to running condition, it’s been a real club-building exercise.

“It's not often you get to rebuild an engine like this.

“Every single member of the club has had a hand in it somehow.”