1 A bi-annual event steam is held in Dordrecht (the full name of Dordt). Steam engines of every kind meet and crowds gather to awe over the old days' technique. Objects on display and in action vary form small model steam engines to a steam icebreaker, from merry gorounds to showman's engines. Apart from the technical side of the display, it is first of all one big feast. The organization claims it to be the largest steam festival in Europe.
2 Part of the show a model building show, which is partly taken by model railroads
4 A little blurred photo, but yet impressive enough
7 A completely scratch built live steam BR 98. I talked with the builder. This model is one out of seven he ever built. He showed me pictures of a BR 50 he was currently constructing. Very impressive.
9 As far I can judge, the Shay on the right is a Roundhouse loco
10 In comparison to probably a Bachmann Shay
11 One cylinder hot air engine
12 A beautifully constructed stationary steam engine
13 Dutch scenery...
14 Also Dutch scenery but of the more serious kind; Den Haag HS (The Hague)
15 A Big Boy struggling through small curves.
16 A what....?
17 De Zeven Provinciën, the seven provinces, a model of a 17th century man o' war.
18 Modern war equipment. BR52 war locomotive and guns. Wel detailed and skillfully built in styrene.
19 A gigantic one cylinder Diesel. Originally stationary but made transportable
21 Climbing wall from the military
22 A pinnace with a vertical boiler steam drive. In the background you can count four steam boats performing their tours on the water.
23 People waiting for modern age (catamaran fast ferry) transport on their way home
25 Maarten and Anna meet on the Merwede (photo for a couple I know of the same names)
26 Mini tractor
27 But nevertheless stunningly beautiful!!
30 Detail of the same road engine. You may need K-Lite Codec Pack to decode the video
31 Live steam loco Stainz hard at work
33 Meanwhile the historical house fronts muse over the crowd and the past
34 Marine is present
44 The intrigueing movement of the Stephenson valve gear. The resulting movement of the valves is so complex that calculating the amount of steam admitted to the cylinder at any given time can even now only be approximated
46 Due to the parading crowds it was impossible to get a full clear shot of this engine.
47 I was terribly sorry that I took my Samsung out, not having a wider lens than 35 mm. My Fuji goes to 28 and surely would have captured this engine completely. But I just didn't have the room to move further backwards
48 Steam grain elevator used in the harbors of Rotterdam
49 Steam tug boat earning a little contribution to its maintenance and conservation
50 It was not steam alone that made the day. So called tear-jerker choirs, or more officially saylors choirs sprawled over Dordrecht
51 The only city gate Dordrecht has left. Dates back to 1450
54 Showmen's engine, used on fairs to pull the wagons, to pump water and to generate electricity. The "lump" on front of the smoke stack on top of the smoke box (extreme right) is the light engine.
56 Stupid me. I forgot that you can't make videoes in portrait format. You'll have to turn your head, but the video was so nice I didn't want bin it. A hurdy-gurdy driven by a one cylinder steam engine
59 The small city harbor is home to a large number of vintage ships. Well worth coming for, even when there is no event like Dordt in stoom.
61 A steam driven caterpillar tractor
63 The motion is shaking the entire engine.
64 One of the many steam fire engines
65 Fire engine impression
66 Rhapsody in brass
67 An 80 hp diesel engine
68 from 1924
69 Another fire engine. This time not self propelled, but horse drawn
70 Vintage ear plugs
71 operating the whistle (hence the ear plugs)
76 and the horses were clearly not at ease with the sound of the whistle
77 Steam bucket ladder dredger
79 Children at play in the hay
80 Crowds and stands
81 A caravan dating from the 20's
84 A musician dating from the 20's??
85 Scenery in style
86 Huge German tractor powering a mill
90 which was used to mill clogs. I just couldn't get near enough to get a good shot. On the right is the drive belt between tractor and mill
91 More fire engines
95 A barrel organ cheering up the entire street
96 Loading in style
97 Ancient bridge over the harbor exit
98 Steam tug boat
104 The city center was served by vintage busses
105 When we wanted to leave and head for home, the steam tractors also moved out for the night
111 Returning home by bike. Despite the 13 km distance by far the fastest means of transport in these festivities