Hot and steamy at hamlet open day

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STEAM enthusiasts gathered at Sheffield’s Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and gave visitors the chance to take a step back in time.

The annual open day event at the industrial museum on Abbeydale Road South was a celebration of all things steam.

Visitors watched a variety of steam-powered machines in action, including steam rollers, traction engines and road locomotives.

Among those showing off their vehicles was David Wood, from Sheffield, with his Ruston Proctor SD Steam Tractor.

Nicki Connolly, events marketing officer at Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, said: “Our annual steam gathering is one of the most popular events on the Abbeydale calendar.”

Abbeydale’s living history characters also donned their costumes and gave tours of the site.

Staff from Ridgeway Forge demonstrated metalwork skills and there were traditional crafts such as wood turning.

Music was provided by the Anything Goes Orchestra on both days and there were vintage cars on display all weekend.

On Sunday, the Friends of Porter Valley and Ecclesall Saw Mill talked to visitors about the new JG Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, which opens later this month in Ecclesall Woods.

Talks were also given to visitors about the reopening of Shepherd Wheel later this year.