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A new attraction this year is a working display of the Trevithick 1802 Coalbrookdale Replica Locomotive.The Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s full-size replica of the first railway locomotive will be demonstrated on a 60metre track, providing a fabulous steam spectacle.A flypast by the Red Arrows is just one of the highlights of this weekend’s Shrewsbury Steam Rally.

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It is centred on a small hill which lies on the eastern bank of a bend of the River Teme.

Atop this hill is Ludlow Castle and the parish church, St Laurence's, the largest in the county.

Over 240 tractors will be on view on the showground.

Visitors really take a step back in time, explore original farming skills – and literally live and breathe the past.

It is a spectacular and exciting event, pushing competitors “to the limit and beyond”.

When the two Field Gun crews (consisting of 18 men apiece) compete to be the first to haul a field gun and limber over walls and ramps and across a chasm in the Main Arena the ‘end result’ is a lot of fun for spectators!

They competed around dirt track ovals in the US.” Edward Goddard, Chairman of the County of Salop Steam Engine Society said: “We are always extremely grateful to our exhibitors who provide a spectacular and informative display for visitors to the Rally.” The Working Field will present a nostalgic look at the farming of ‘days gone by’ and demonstrates an exciting mix of impressive working machines and shire horses that capture the history and heritage of farming in the Victorian era.

The Working Field has a full programme of agricultural activities and provides an entertaining spectacle for the tractor enthusiast and for the visitors who spend hours looking at the working tractors and the static tractors on display. The event plays host to a bee-keeper, wheelwright, corn dolly maker, live blacksmith demonstrations, and cider making.

The annual steam rally takes place this Sunday 27th August and Monday 28th August with thousands of visitors enjoying the sights and sound of steam, and the many vintage vehicles on display.

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