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Steam Plough Club, Pant-y-Cae, Clyro, Herefordshire HR3 6JU


Founded in 1966 by the late Harold Bonnett, the Club exists to further interest in steam cultivation - not just keeping the tackle operating - but passing on the old skills for future generations to enjoy.

“The steam engine stands on the headland and hauls the implement to and fro by means of a wire rope. All treading and compression of the soil and sub-soil associated with horse cultivation is thereby entirely avoided and the implement is driven at a much more rapid pace, throwing up the soil to a greater depth and in a loose state enabling it to derive full benefit from the influences of the atmosphere”

               David Greig, September 1867

Hands On Weekend  One of the Club’s most rewarding events is a regular ‘Hands On’ Weekend providing participants the opportunity to try the plough as well as to drive engines under supervision. Complete beginners are welcome.  In 2019 the Hands On will be held in Sussex.

The Great Challenge

The club has runs an event where steam plough sets compete for the Steam Plough Challenge trophy awarded to the crews judged to have produced the best work in a set time.

The 2006 Great Challenge held near Loughborough saw thirteen working sets - thought to be the greatest gathering of ploughing engines in history!

The sixth Great Challenge held in Sussex, August 2009, attracted Fowler singles & AA6, AA7, K7, BB, BB1 class engines; an RHJ Wilder and a Fowler/Burrell/Aveling engine as well as a McLaren diesel-conversion.  The Challenge was repeated in 2013. It is due to take place again on 13/14 October 2018 near Austrey, Warks.

The Club AGM normally attracts 70-75 members and this year it provide an opportunity to inspect the Club’s archive materials and artefacts together with some outstanding scale ploughing engines - both exhibition models and engines in steam.

The Steam Plough Club provides its members with:-

A quarterly journal – the Steam Plough Times

Technical advice

Working instructions for steam ploughing machinery

Safety guidelines for crews and event organisers

Engine & implement records

Engine classes identification

In-house publications & DVDs

The opportunity to meet like minded enthusiasts

Visits & meetings


The Club is affiliated with the National Traction Engine Trust and The Society of Ploughmen and is a member of the Federation of British Historical Vehicle Clubs.


“Together we can give the steam plough engine its proper place in the history of British agricultural engineering”.

Look for the Club Tent at the Great Dorset Steam Fair!

Current membership fee is £20 a year, if you pay online the cost is £21

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