Stemgas Publishing Co., publishers of Gas Engine Magazine and
Iron Men Album, is planning an ‘Engine Extravaganza’ in
England and Wales next summer, from Saturday, June 19 to Saturday,
July 3, 1993.
Join C. H. Wendel, from Gas Engine Magazine, on this wonderful
tour to England, where you’ll see some great historical sights,
visit some great engine collections, and enjoy a host of other
We’ll fly from Chicago O’Hare to Heathrow (an option is
also available from Philadelphia), and, while in England, we’ll
stay in a variety of interesting cities, including the ancient
capital of Winchester, Bristol (‘The Birthplace of
America’), the Roman city of Chester, the ancient town of Kings
Lynn. and finally London itself.
There’ll be tours of Naval Museums in Portsmouth, engines at
Stapehill, and a visit to the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.
Additionally, viewings will be arranged of private collections, and
we’ll see the World Heritage Site at Telford, home to the
Ironbridge and birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
Highlights of the trip to England will be a visit to Tatton Park
1000 Engine Rally and a scenic tour through Wales to view the
Mountain Railway system at Ffestiniog.
We’ll also visit the Shuttleworth Collection and the
Imperial War Museum at Duxford, before spending our last few days
The price is just $1,948 per person, and includes return
flights, 13 nights’ hotel accommodation, all coaching, and the
services of a Tour Manager. In addition, English engine expert Alex
Skinner will accompany our party throughout.
England is a great vacation destination and now, on this tour,
you can enjoy a great vacation and indulge your enthusiasm for
steam and gas engines – both at the same time.
This holiday, arranged exclusively for Gas Engine Magazine and
Iron Men Album readers, is provided by Wade Farm Tours. To book
this holiday, write for a tour brochure to: Gas Engine England
Tour, Stemgas Publishing Company, 356 West Orange Street, PO Box
328, Lancaster, PA 17603. Regrettably, reservations cannot be made
by telephone, but for details of availability or if you have any
questions, please do not hesitate to telephone (717) 392-0733.
Highlights of the itinerary include:
June 20-Afternoon visit to The British Engineerium at Brighton.
Evening (optional) visit to the Hants. County Museum.
June 21-Today you will visit the National Motor Museum in
Beaulieu. This museum is designed to hold the story of motoring
from 1895 right up to modern times. In the afternoon you will visit
Stapehill Heritage Museum, which contains many vintage tractors
from the National Collection, as well as other interesting exhibits
of English country life.
June 22-This morning, visit the Royal Naval Dockyard at
Portsmouth. See Nelson’s Flagship H.M.S. Victory, and Henry
VII’s flagship, the Mary Rose. In the afternoon there will be a
visit to the Chalkpits Museum.
June 23-In the afternoon you will transfer by coach to Bristol,
via J. Upton’s Stationary Engine Collection, Andover.
June 24-This morning you’ll visit the SS Great Britain, the
world’s first iron ship, and Bristol Industrial Museum with its
collection of aero engines. In the afternoon you’ll visit the
Roman Baths and Bath Industrial Heritage Centre.
June 25-We leave Bristol for the drive to Chester, via the
scenic mid-Wales route to Porthmadog where you’ll be able to
take a train ride to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
June 26-Tatton Park 1000 Engine Rally, set in the grounds of the
magnificent neoclassical Mansion which houses one of the finest
collections of furniture in England. This evening there will be an
Anglo/American dinner with specially-invited engine enthusiasts
from the UK.
June 27-Full day visit to the Ironbridge Museum. The Ironbridge
Gorge, one of the first World Heritage Sites in the UK, was the
birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Here were made the first
iron rails, iron wheels, iron boat, cast iron bridge, and even the
first high pressure steam locomotive. Today, the Museum shows 20th
century visitors how and why these events took place, and what life
was like during those momentous years.
June 28-After a morning at leisure in Chester you head east, via
the National Tramway Museum near Matlock in Derbyshire and the
magnificent scenery of the Peak District National Park, to the
Royal County of Norfolk and the town of Kings Lynn.
June 29-Her Majesty the Queen’s Country House at Sandringham
and her unique collection of motor vehicles await you this morning
on a visit to the Monarch’s private Norfolk home. In the
afternoon you’ll pay a memorable visit to the excellent
Thursford Collection of steam engines and organs.
June 30-Transfer Kings Lynn-London. Morning: The Imperial War
Museum at Duxford, where you can see a vast array of warplanes and
civil aircraft, including the prototype Concorde. Afternoon: The
Shuttleworth Collection, Biggleswade.
July 1-Morning guided sightseeing tour of London. Optional
afternoon Thames boat trip, visiting Greenwich and the Cutty Sark,
the Thames Barrier and the London Transport Museum.
July 2-Free day in London. Optional visit to Kew Pumping Engines
Museum, which has an unusual collection of tractors and