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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published March 10th 2013
Have a look and support the Good Friday Appeal

You would be correct in thinking this wasn't my idea to visit the 50th Anniversary Steam Fest in Scoresby on Sunday. It was a hot 34 degrees, not including the temperature in the museum shed with dozens of engines pumping away with masses of steam coming off them.

Okay, I will admit I was interested in the history of the engines and the fact they are from many iconic Melbourne factories. They are maintained to the highest standard and it gives you a sense of how difficult the working conditions were in the late 1800's to the early 1900's. The standard and the quality of the workmanship is exceptional and something lost over time to cheap imports. You can easily see why we're the throw away nation when you compare it to quality of the days gone by.

There are many English pumping engines fully restored and operating on display.

There were many different displays on the day. My favourite was the Clydesdale's scooping the different layers of sand and dirt to eventually make a dam. It will take a few more days yet!

The miniature railway was a favourite with the children along with the tractor rides. The railway follows the perimeter of the site and at $2.50 a ride, it doesn't take more than a few minutes to complete the circuit.

There were traction engines, steam locomotives, model aeroplanes, earth moving equipment, vintage cars, trucks and tractors, military tank, ploughing engines, steam organs, aircraft engines, fire engines, walking dragline, steam turbines, diesel engines, oil engines and much more.

I would say the main percentage of people at the festival were enthusiasts and owners of various engines, with a few families dotted around the site (mainly around the miniature railway).

Would I go again? Probably not. However in saying that, I did find it interesting to go once, and I would suggest that if you haven't been before it's worth a look. The kids (big male kids included) will love love all the various engines and the variety on offer.

The Steam Fest is an Annual event, however the Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club is open every weekend and running days are the 4th Sunday of the month.

The club runs almost entirely from gate takings, donations, and membership fees. With all the work carried out by volunteers. They do a great job!

The museum will be open on the 29th of March to raise funds for the Good Friday Appeal, get along and have a look for a great cause.
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Why? See the history of industrial and agricultural engines
When: Open Every Weekend
Phone: 97631614
Where: 1200 Ferntree Gully Rd, Scoresby
Cost: By donation unless there's a special event
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