Full steam as en­gines of yes­ter­year fire once again

Tasmanian Country - - OPINION -

To­mor­row will see a line-up of In­ter­na­tional trac­tors from around the North.

Other items of in­ter­est at the will in­clude me­chan­i­cal street or­gans, liv­ing wag­ons, barn en­gines and a wide range of agri­cul­tural and ru­ral ma­chin­ery.

Coun­try cater­ing, a mo­bile cafe and a plant stall will also be a part of the event.

Mon­day will also see a visit by the Vet­eran Car Club.

Pearn’s Steam World sec­re­tary Robert Hill said a lot of ef­fort had been put in by the vol­un­tary as­so­ci­a­tion that runs Pearn’s and they were look­ing for­ward to a good week­end.

Mr Hill said keep­ing the col­lec­tion of steam en­gines run­ning re­quired a lot of time and money and they were al­ways open for peo­ple to join the vol­un­teer group.

Pearn’s Steam World has been op­er­at­ing at West­bury since 1987. It fea­tures a na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant as­sort­ment of steam trac­tion en­gines, trac­tors, farm equip­ment and mem­o­ra­bilia col­lected from the 1950s by the three late Pearn broth­ers, Jack, Ver­dun and Zenith.

Af­ter sav­ing many steam en­gines from the scrap yard, the broth­ers could not see their col­lec­tion dis­persed and in 1987 with com­mu­nity sup­port de­vel­oped Pearns Steam World. In 2001 they do­nated their col­lec­tion in trust to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Gates to the event will open at 9am. En­try is $10, $5 for chil­dren and in­cludes free train rides for all.

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