Keeping ploughing engines, implements and skills alive
SIR WILLIAM McALPINE 6th BARONET
SPC member No 36.
We are very sorry to hear of the death on 4 March of Sir William (Bill) McAlpine. He joined the Steam Plough Club in 1967 almost as a founder member and remained with the club for 26 years when he sold his road steam collection. This included McLaren 12 hp ploughing engine 1541 and a pair of BB1 engines. He also looked after the John Allen engine No 67 for many years.
We were privileged on several occasions to visit his steam collection at his home in Fawley where the club was made very welcome. Widely recognised for rescuing the Flying Scotsman from the USA in 1972 his interests were wide and we were privileged to have him within the Steam Plough Club.
6 March 2018
John Allen 12hp No 67, in the care of Bill McAlpine, is demonstrated at Fawley during a 1970s club visit.
Photo John Billard