Detail

Title ID 6479Collection ID876
TitleOperation Puff: West Sussex Traction Engine Rally
Date11 August 1956
CollectionB. C. Suter
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeRural Life Transport
KeywordsRacing Steam Locomotives Transport Rural Areas
Location
LocalPulborough [?]
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
ProductionB. C. Suter
CameraB. C. Suter
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration2 min. 35 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

Demonstration and race scenes filmed at the West Sussex Traction Engine Rally, held on the 11th August 1956 in Pulborough [?], by B. C. Suter, a keen amateur film-maker.

Description

Crowds have gathered to watch the traction engines being shown in a field. Men operate an engine called Dorothy, decorated with Union flags. The mechanics of the engine are shown in close up. Another engine, "The Victory" a Fowler engine, is shown. A woman steers the wheel of one of the engines, followed by scenes of a race where participants steer the engines round the course, finishing back at the start. White tents are scattered around the field and spectators stand behind a barrier rope. An intertitle reads '... and old 'stick-in-the-mud'. One of the engines is seen, struggling through the mud. Its wheels turn but the engine does not move forward.