Once again the much loved Fowler Convertible traction engine Sooty has arrived in Maitland for Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest on 8 and 9 April.

Sooty left Wellington on Saturday 18 March and travelled 350 kilometres before arriving in town on Tuesday 21 March. She averaged 11 hours a day on the road, and moved at a max speed of around 10 kilometres per hour.

The enthusiastic crew was made up of Sooty’s owner John Preston, Jim Preston, Billy Garrad, Paul Lousic, Brian Landry, Stephen Hibbert, Ian Lovi, Paul Tibbetts and Peter Garnham,

We tracked down Fowler Convertible traction engine ‘Sooty’ the day after she arrived (see video above) and found that she’d pulled up pretty well after a big four days on the road.

Built in 1926, the engine was used by Camden City Council predominantly as a roller when it was in operation. It is a four horsepower, two cylinder compound engine and it will be one of the great attractions on the rally ground at Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest on 8 and 9 April.

Sooty will spring back into action on Friday 7 April for a quick road run in Maitland just before the event officially kicks off.

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