STEAMFEST All over for 2022
Next chance to enjoy Steamfest
11th 12th and 13th of March 2023

A fascinating look back into our mechanical history. Steamfest tells the tale from when horsepower was provided by horses on through the steam era and to the development of internal combustion engines. The exhibits are brought to life and can bs seen in operation in the extensive museum grounds. To add to the fun and atmosphere there are train and tractor rides, live music and refreshments. A great family day out.

A taste of Steamfest

There will be much to see and plenty of action.
Click entries below to checkout exhibits

Steam Ploughing

The pair of mighty Z7 steam ploughing engines will be using the balance plough as they were designed to do. The engines sit at opposite ends of the field and winch the plough back and forth between them.
There will be a demo in the rear paddock at 12noon weather permitting.

Mobile Steam Engines

Steam traction engines, steam rollers and steam trucks will all be out and running. After the grand parade the engines are lined up and there will be an opportunity to inspect the engines close up and chat with their drivers.

Rides

The miniature railway and tractor drawn people mover will be busy giving rides for all. The grounds are quite extensive so a ride on the train or people mover is a good way to get the top paddock.

Model Railway

Start and stop your favourite engines to control their run around the tracks.

Heavy Horses

The Heritage Draught Horse club are very popular exhibitors at Steamfest.  The club's large grounds provide an opportunity to see these magnificent beasts performing farming duties as it was done in the days when horsepower came from horses.

Bigfoot the Dragline

Bigfoot the walking dragline will be putting on a demonstration at 1:30. At 2:30, after the grand parade, there will be a chance to walk through and view it from the inside.

Earthmovers

Over the decades the club has built up an impressive collection of earth moving machinery. The Morris family will be putting on a great display in the back paddock with diggers, graders, draglines and bulldozers and a dump truck. All those classic sandpit toys in full size playing in the dirt.

Industrial Diesels

The club's impressive diesel engine collection will be performing all weekend. Try and catch the big engines starting up. Start up and running times are displayed near the engines.

Models

The Model Engineers will be showing off their ingenuity with amazing models

Be sure not to miss the intricate reproductions of machinery from the museum constructed from old redgum fence post's!

Thomas the tank engine fans will enjoy the model railway.

Portable Steam Engines

A number of portable steam engines are on display. Some are driving exhibits.

Portables include a Melbourne manufactured Herbert Thompson engine.

Working Demonstrations

It all looks much more interesting when you see it working.

The club's philosophy is to be a working museum and the aim is to get the exhibits operational. At Steamfest we go one step further and try to demonstrate machinery carrying out the tasks it did in its working days.
Be sure to catch the steam driven sawmill in action.

Industrial Steam Engines

The package boiler serving steam to the engines in the Stationary Steam Engine Museum will be in action all weekend keeping the magnificent exhibits turning over.

There are some great pieces of Victoria's industrial and maritime history on display here and they come alive with a gentle hiss of steam.

Blacksmithing

Steam hammers were once an essential tool of heavy engineering but you are unlikely to see one in operation anywhere but here. Our energetic blacksmith group are progresively bringing an impressive collection of vintage workshop tools online.

Military

The tanks are always a crowd pleaser

Oil Engines

The little engines that kept our farms and small business running when electricity was not readily available are out and running.

Steam Tug Lyttelton II

The steam engines and pumps that operated the steam tug Lyttelton II are set up to mimic the ship's engineroom. Steam to run the engines is supplied by a Farrar vertical boiler.

Visiting Exhibitors

Over the Steamfest weekend the club's exhibits are enhanced by exhibits and displays from other clubs, individuals and community groups with complimentary interests.

busy scene of visitors inspecting mobile exhibits

 

miniature engines with tank in the background

 NEW SINCE LAST YEAR

Those returning visitors who have missed a few Steamfests will notice how productive members have been despite being locked out of the site for many months.
A few of the highlights are:-
SAWMILLING
A recently donated saw bench is doing milling demonstrations driven by a portable steam engine.
NEW LOCOMOTIVE
A great example of the diverse skills of the membership can be seen in the new P class loco in use for the first time. This loco was designed and built from scratch by club members. A generous grant from Knox council provided much of the funding.
NEW REAR STATION
In 2021 the rail track was extended and the platform for access to the back paddock was repositioned.It has now been furnished with picket fencing and a passenger shelter.

THIS IS A COVID SAFE EVENT
Attendees over 18 must be fully Vaccinated

ADDRESS

1200 Ferntree Gully Rd
next to Eastlink Google Map

HOURS

Sat and Sun 10am till 5pm
Monday 10am till 4pm .

TICKETS

You are encouraged to purchase tickets prior to arrival.
Click to book!
Tickets can also be purchased at the gate.
Adults $15, Child $5 (3 and under free)
Family $35 ( couple and children under 18)

REFRESHMENTS
LIVE MUSIC all day

Rally Grounds Map
DAILY SCHEDULE

TOP PADDOCK DISPLAYS
12:00 STEAM PLOUGHING
Earth moving activity and draught horse displays throughout the day
MAIN ARENA ACTIVITY
10:00 Straddle Truck Demo
10:15 Tractors assemble in arena
10:30 Tractor parade begins
11:30 Stone crushing
12:15 Road Making Machinery display
12:30 Straddle Truck Demo
1:30 BIGFOOT walking dragline walks
2:00 GRAND PARADE
2:30 Arena open to public for Up Close look.
3:15 Public clear arena
Engines depart on trek circuit
3:30 Stone crusher in action
4:00 Road making