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Hollycombe Steam Collection, Liphook

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The Hollycombe Steam Collection, in Liphook Hampshire (on the Sussex Border), is the largest traditional Heritage Fairground in Britain, and includes a fully working steam fairground, narrow gauge and miniature steam railways. The collection is run by volunteers who keep the Edwardian Fairground working as it did a century years ago - entertaining children and adults alike.

The collection includes:

•1870s Mr Fields Steam Circus (Dobbies), the worlds oldest mechanical fairground ride which, despite is age, is regularly working in the fairground

•1911 Fred Sowden Steam Yacht

•1908 Howcroft steam powered Razzle Dazzle, the only survivor of its type

•1910 Walkers Steam Chair-O-Planes

•1912 steam powered Tidman Galloping Horses (Gallopers, also known as Merry-Go-Round and Carousel)

•1914 steam powered Big Wheel

•1915 Orton and Spooner Haunted House

•1915 Chair-o-planes

•Juvenile Park Swings, donated in 1990s by Pinner School, Middlesex

•Bioscope, one of only two working Bioscopes in the world, with an original Bioscope fairground organ and pianola

•1930 Orton and Spooner Juvenile Roundabout

•Steam powered Swing Boats

•1948 Supercar Austin Car Ride


•98 key Marenghi Peacock Organ

•89 Key Gavioli organ

•1880s 62 key Gavioli trumpet barrel organ

•45 Key Limonaire organ

•1918 Garret Type 4CD steam tractor Leiston Town

•1895 Burrell Showmans Road Locomotive Emporer, the oldest surviving showmans engine in the World

•1913 John Allen steam ploughing engine number 67

•1919 Charles Burrell Gold Medal Tractor (Sunset number 2)

•1917 Mann Patent steam agricultural tractor number 1260

•1921 Aveling and Porter F type compound steam roller

•1932 Wallis and Steevens Simplicity steam roller Christopher

•Ruston Proctor 12hp portable steam engine Big John

•Fowler Class BB steam ploughing engine Prince

•1880 Aveling and Porter tramway locomotive Excelsior (not in steam)

•1895 Hunslet 0-4-0 Mills Class Saddle Tank steam locomotive Jerry M

•1895 Dutton lever frame signal box from Liphook station

•1899 Hawthorne Leslie 0-4-0 Saddle Tank steam locomotive Commander B

•1931 Barclay 0-4-0 well tank Steam Locomotive Caledonia

•1939 Ruston and Hornsby diesel locomotive Jack

•1956 Grafton self propelled steam rail crane

•7.25 inch Miniature steam railway

•1981 Tinkerbell design miniature steam locomotive Bob

•1984 7.25 inch scale model of Bagnell 0-4-0ST steam locomotive

•1990 Romulus design miniature steam locomotive Pauline

•1995 vertical boiler miniature steam locomotive Jennifer

•Station canopy from Hayling Island Station

•Narrow gauge railway carriages from the former electric Ramsgate Cliff Railway

•1850s Beam Engine

•1896 French built Brouhot portable steam engine Bernadette

•1900s Robson horizontal steam engine (from Basing House)

•1901 Brown and May portable engine (from Farnham Pottery)

•1911 Clayton and Shuttleworth portable engine

•Steam Sawmill with 1915 Robey Semi-portable engine

•1917 Clayton and Shuttleworth portable engine Eileen (built for Russia)

•Diverse woodlands comprise around several hundred different tree and large bush types, including Acacia, Acer, Ash, Azalea, Beech, Birch, Buddleia, Camellia, Cedar, Cherry, Horse Chestnut, Cypress, Elder, Elm, Fir, Laurel, Lime, Maidenhair, Magnolia, Maple, Nut, Oak, Palm, Pine, Poplar, Redwood, and Yew

•Breading pairs of Peacocks and Pea-Hens

•Jungle scene fairground art painted by the famous fairground artist Edwin Hall
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  • Helpfull staff and a nice place :) just a shame that some of the rides werent working, but just went on some of the others more times !! 
  • Good collection of steamy goods. All fairly relaxed, very enjoyable. Friendly people. Only negative would be just how badly worn everything is looking - it's obviously been a busy summer, but there is...  read more »
  • Great place, lovely staff. My young kids enjoyed the simple steam rides and also the hall of mirrors. The big train ride is great as is the garden train ride. Plenty of places to picnic. Free entry fo...  read more »
  • A good range of old steam rides and 2 railway layouts. Great fun for young and old alike. Restaurant and shop on site. Plenty of parking
  • Fun day out... Amazing value for money
  • Its really good here, quite special, unique, heritage and preservation at its best.The children loved it.
  • Hollycombe is a great family day out .I have been there with my biker mates and my family several times. And have no complaints.I recommend it to anyone who likes nostalgia and wants to excape from modern fairs.
  • Whether you are a train nut or a steam enthusiast or just fancy a fun day out, especially with kids, this place is a great find. It does get busy on bank holidays etc There can be some fairly long queues for some of the more popular things, but there is plenty of other things to do.
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