Full steam ahead for 226 miles from Wisbech to Dorset

Andrew Waling with his Steam Engine ANL-141207-091452009
Andrew Waling with his Steam Engine ANL-141207-091452009

Two thousand gallons of water and a ton of coal will fuel the impressive 1927 Foster showman engine which Andrew Waling, from Wisbech St Mary, is driving on a 226-mile journey to Dorset.

Andrew will be driving his family’s engine Lord of the Isles, which is due to set off from Wisbech on Friday, August 22, and arrive at the Dorset Steam Fair showground on Sunday, August, 24.

He is raising money for Myeloma UK after his grandfather and former owner of the traction engine, Frank Waling, lost his battle against bone marrow cancer in February 2007.

Said Andrew: “It will be a poignant journey and an emotional one. It will be a challenge as I am driving on roads I have never driven on before. I shall be avoiding motorways and busy stretches of roads.”

He will have with him back up from his father, Peter Waling, from Wisbech St Mary, Kevin Baldwin, of Bury St Edmunds, and from Over, near Cambridge, Danny Rundle and Adam Brown.

The journey by steam in less than three days will have an average speed of 14mph and will require frequent stops to re-fill the engine with coal, water and oil.

Andrew is delighted that Martin Oliver, managing director and organiser of the Great Dorset Steam Fair has already donated £1,000 towards the charity collection.

Mr Oliver said: “Over the 46-year history of the Great Dorset Steam Fair we have been privileged to help raise funds for many national

charities. We are delighted to be supporting Myeloma UK this year and wish Andrew and his crew all the very best in raising money for this very worthwhile charity”.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair is widely recognised as the “National Heritage Show” and is the largest event of its type in the world. It is also one of Europe’s biggest outdoor events and annually attracts over 200,000 people. The show runs from Wednesday, August 27 to Sunday 31.

Details can be found at www.gdsf.co.uk

To donate support Andrew’s fundraising journey, visit www.justgiving.com/andrew-waling All money raised will go towards finding a cure for this disease and to support the families that it affects. Visit www.myeloma.org.uk to find out more.