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The Fairground Engines

As with traditional fairgrounds, Hollycombe has Showman's Engines to power the rides

Came here as a child with my grandmother over 25 years ago. Now here with my daughter!

Taylor family, Chichester

The fairground at Hollycombe is fully powered by steam or electricity generated by steam engines.

Showman's Engines were the pride of the fair and were used to pull the rides between locations. A few had a crane fitted to the rear to help build up the bigger rides on arrival. They were also used to generate electricity to run and light the rides.

Hollycombe has 2 showman's engines:

  • Emperor - the oldest surviving showman's engine, built by Burrell of Thetford in 1895.
  • Leiston Town - a converted steam haulage tractor by Garretts of Leiston, new to Harkness of Belfast.

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