Probus hears of the power of steam

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Kirrie club member Sandy Garden gave an account of steam vehicles of the past on Angus roads at Forfar Probus recently.

A civil engineer on maintenance contracts with Angus Council for 30 years, Sandy developed a life-long interest in steam rollers and traction engines, working with the legendary Willie Smith and continuing into his retirement. He outlined the growth and uses of steam motive power since Cornishman Trevithick in 1801 with his steam carriage, through drag-ploughing, quarry stone-crushing, grain-threshing, roadmetal and tar-rolling. The sight of a Burrell showman’s engine generating power for all the fun of the fair is a guaranteed crowd-puller at every Glamis Extravaganza.

Pictured from left are David Webster, who gave the vote of thanks, Sandy Garden and President Bill Bruce.