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
LocalPulborough [?]
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionB. C. Suter
CameraB. C. Suter
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration2 min. 35 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


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.


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.