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This weekend is the annual Ploughing festival  near Ely. The farmer behind the drainage engine museum lets lots of vintage tractors plough his field for him. There was a good crowd on Saturday morning, unfortunately I'm not sure the weather is going to be as kind tomorrow. I hope you'll forgive some shameless photographs of vintage vehicles.

 

First up are Archie and Arthur, a beautiful pair of shire horses who seemed to really know what they were doing. I was amazed when the drive just said (and I mean said rather than called) 'Arthur to your right' and Arthur just side stepped to his right while Archie stood still.

 

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Next in age terms there were three traction engines and a steam roller. Lovely to see them trundling down the farm track and getting their wheels dirty.

 

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The variety of tractors was extensive, the usual collection of little grey Fergusons but lots more obscure too.

 

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And not everything had wheels either.

 

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All in all a good morning out. There's more pictures if anyone is interested..

 

David

 

Now I wonder is RMWeb censors Prickwillow ?

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As it happens I took the dog out for a walk yesterday morning and came across a ploughing competition in progress, so wandered over at took a few photos with my phone. Not quite the range of traction types shown above but still plenty of old (and not so old) machinery in action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some lovely old kit there, would have been an interesting visit. Did you by any chance get any pics of the classic vehicles in the background of one of the shots?

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3 hours ago, RANGERS said:

Some lovely old kit there, would have been an interesting visit. Did you by any chance get any pics of the classic vehicles in the background of one of the shots?

I didn't take many because they were a bit all in each others way, but I did rather like this breakdown truck. David

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