Hollycombe Steam in the Country

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Hollycombe Steam in the Country

Situated on the Hampshire and Sussex border, Hollycombe is far more than just a working steam museum, it's a place where the past comes to life. From the atmosphere of the traditional fairground, to riding on a collection of steam railways, or wandering through the woodland gardens, there's something for all ages. Ride authentic steam driven Victorian and Edwardian fairground rides including the world’s first white-knuckle ride, the ‘Razzle Dazzle’, or ‘Mr Field’s Steam Circus’, the world’s oldest mechanically operated fairground attraction. The narrow gauge Quarry Railway is a 2 foot gauge steam railway running for approximately 1.5 miles through woodland and fields. The journey starts at the station by the visitor centre, and travels through pretty woodland until it reaches the old sandstone quarry. After a pause to take in the spectacular views across the South Downs, the journey continues through woodland and alongside fields, where horses often graze. Further fabulous views open out looking over the Sussex Weald. The railway has two steam and one diesel locomotives. Even the passenger carriages are historic, coming from the long closed Ramsgate Electric Tunnel Railway. One of the carriages has a wheelchair compartment, and a ramp is available at the station. Hollycombe also has a miniature railway, a continuous loop of about one third of a mile and the tracks are set at 7.25 inch gauge. Visitors are amazed by the power of the tiny locomotives as they haul both adults and children around the scenic route.

Hollycombe has a steam farm building housing a collection of barn machinery driven by a steam engine.
The whole range of machinery required to prepare feed stuffs for animals on a large farm is represented in the farm buildings. Driven by line-shafting, power is from a Robinson horizontal steam engine, built at Rochdale in Lancashire over 100 years ago and used to drive the well pump at Basing House for many years. Although there is a serviceable boiler, this area is normally on static display only.

Traction engines and steam tractors were employed on the roads to move goods from place to place. All types of loads were carried from light goods to heavy haulage.
Usually goods would be loaded onto one or more four wheeled trailers which would be attached behind an engine. For particularly heavy loads, two or more engines would be connected behind each other to provide additional power, sometimes with another engine behind the load to provide extra braking.
Hollycombe has two steam rollers: a Wallis & Steevens Simplicity roller Christopher of 1932 and David, an Aveling & Porter 10 ton roller built in 1921.
Steam Rollers are one of the best-known road engines. They would travel between jobs towing a living van for the crew to stay while away working on road building and repairs.
Christopher is a Wallis & Steevens Simplicity roller, No. 8023 of 1932. It has an unusual design with a sloping boiler to ensure the firebox remains covered with water at all times. Only 15 of these light, three ton engines were built, intended for use on sports grounds, private roads and drives. Six survive with only a few in serviceable condition, Hollycombe's being one.
David is a typical steam roller of its age and has been working on Hollycombe's roads and driveways since 1961. It was built in 1921 and worked for Islington Borough Council until 1955.

In a hollow at the lower end of Hollycombe's Lime Walk is a stone building adjoining a large overtype waterwheel.
Inside is a beam engine, a type central to the development of steam power and the Industrial Revolution. This engine dates from around 1850 and has been restored to working order, in a setting similar to that in which it is thought to have worked when new.
It was used by a large farm in the North-East of England where it was employed to drive a fixed threshing machine in a barn, along with other mills and equipment by means of a line shaft and belts. There are stories that the engine took over the task of driving a threshing machine from an older waterwheel, after augmenting it initially. The beam engine has been restored and is provided with low pressure steam from an adjacent egg-ended boiler, and is demonstrated regularly on open Sundays.
The waterwheel came to Hollycombe from a farm in nearby Bramshott, prior to which it worked in Cornwall.

Hollycombe’s Visitor & Education Centre – built in the style of a railway station building – was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and opened in Spring 2005.
The Centre acts as Hollycombe's admission point, and offers a modern Cafeteria, Gift Shop and Toilets as well as an Education Room for school visits and information on the history of Hollycombe and the steam age.
The cafeteria serves a range of hot snacks, light refreshments, ice creams and more We also cater for most allergies too.
Paying visitors to Hollycombe receive a ticket entitling unlimited

Orton and Spooner Haunted House

Orton and Spooner Haunted House

Hollycombe's Azalea Walk

Hollycombe's Azalea Walk

Hollycombe's Quarry Railway with locomotive Jerry M

Hollycombe's Quarry Railway with locomotive Jerry M

Hollycombe's us Big Wheel

Hollycombe's us Big Wheel

Hollycombe's steam driven Gallopers

Hollycombe's steam driven Gallopers

Hollycombe's Mr Field's Circus - the oldest mechanical fairground ride in the world

Hollycombe's Mr Field's Circus - the oldest mechanical fairground ride in the world

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Hollycombe Steam in the Country
Iron Hill
Liphook
Hampshire
GU30 7LP
United Kingdom
01428724900
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