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Hundreds of steam engine enthusiasts flocked to an Sheffield heritage event to learn more about the magnificent machines.

More than 1,500 visitors attended the annual steam gathering and antiques and crafts fayre which was held on Saturday and Sunday at the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, off Abbeydale Road South in Beauchief.

The usual mix of steam engines of all sizes made up a big part of the display at Sheffield's annual Steam Gathering and Antiques and Crafts Fayre

The usual mix of steam engines of all sizes made up a big part of the display at Sheffield's annual Steam Gathering and Antiques and Crafts Fayre

An array of steam-powered engines rolled in to entertain crowds and help explain the importance of steam power in the area’s industrial heritage.

Live demonstrations and traditional craft and skill displays, including forging, grinding and wood turning, formed a large part of the entertainment.

Rachel Walker, acting events and marketing manger at Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, said the hamlet was delighted with the turn out.

She said: “The steam gathering has been an annual event for more than 25 years and is the biggest event to take place at Abbeydale.

Visitors flocked to Sheffield's annual Steam Gathering and Antiques and Crafts Fayre

Visitors flocked to Sheffield's annual Steam Gathering and Antiques and Crafts Fayre

“The number of visitors this year is fantastic.

“One of the biggest pulls was most certainly the impressive collection of steam powered machines, including road locomotives, steam rollers, traction engines and a number of vintage vehicles, which attracted people from miles around.”

Following the success of last year’s antiques and crafts fayre, in conjunction with Sheffield Antiques Quarter, the event once again featured a range of antiques and craft stalls selling vintage items, collectables and homemade gifts.

Many visitors also got a first glimpse at the results of restoration work that is set to transform the 18th century industrial works.

Visitors flocked to Sheffield's annual Steam Gathering and Antiques and Crafts Fayre

Visitors flocked to Sheffield's annual Steam Gathering and Antiques and Crafts Fayre

The work includes a new learning centre, interpretation panels and new gallery displays, including a time line of the site’s history.

Conservation and restoration work began at the site last year, supported by almost £900,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project is due for completion in 2015.

Rachel said: “The work has been another big attraction, with people wanting to see the latest. Over the weekend we’ve had a number of live actors to help bring things to life for visitors.”

Dave Dickinson was at Sheffield's annual Steam Gathering and Antiques and Crafts Fayre with the tugs from the kids tv series

Dave Dickinson was at Sheffield's annual Steam Gathering and Antiques and Crafts Fayre with the tugs from the kids tv series

Blacksmiths skills were on display at Sheffield's annual Steam Gathering and Antiques and Crafts Fayre

Blacksmiths skills were on display at Sheffield's annual Steam Gathering and Antiques and Crafts Fayre