RREC Central Southern Section
Past Events

Sunday 24 September 2006

Oh, to be a child again...

Hollycombe Steam Collection, located on the outskirts of Liphook, was the venue for a repeat visit by the section where we were able to provide a display of fifteen Club cars.

Steam once powered a multitude of items and the newly built visitor centre houses an exhibition room that illustrates the history of the Hollycombe estate and how the collection has been created to reflect life of this bygone age.

Hollycombe, whose staff are all budding volunteers, has the largest collection of working steam in the country and has gathered together a wonderful mix of Edwardian fairground rides and amusements. These cater for all ages and include the galloping horses, the big wheel (with wonderful views of the Sussex Weald), the haunted cottage and the Razzle Dazzle (actually a ride but could also have been considered a former type of torture perhaps).

Other working exhibits included a sawmill, road engines and a 'cinema', but to experience steam at its best there were also rides aboard both a narrow gauge and full-size railway that travelled amongst the woodland and grounds with glimpses of the views as far as the Isle of Wight.

For those members who could not attend you missed a treat and I recommend that you visit Hollycombe sometime and find the child in you!

Andrew Honour - Section Treasurer

Hollycombe fairground.
View from the big wheel of the fairground at Hollycombe.
Club display of cars.
Club display of fifteen cars.
Mike and Moira Coombes.
Mike and Moira Coombes take the garden train.
Steam road engine.
Steam road engine passes Messrs Munk R-Type.
Photos: Andrew Honour