Sussex Steam Engine Club

Established 1993


The Sussex Steam Engine Club was founded in 1993 by a small group of enthusiasts who felt that while Sussex had a strong steam movement, it had no local club to consolidate their interests.

The Club hosts various events including Road Runs, a Steam Driving Experience, a Christmas meal/social evening and Winter meetings.

As a Club, our members support many local events including Wiston Steam Rally and Tinkers Park and the Steam Apprentice Club Driving Days.

The Club also gives support and guidance to members who run their own events.

Please look through our pages to find out more of who we are and what we do.

1918 Tasker Tractor No. 1765


Membership costs just £10 per year. (+ £3.50 if a plastic membership card is required)

Benefits include:

  • 4 issues of Steam News per year
  • Club Meetings held on the second Friday of each month between October & April.
  • Social Events and gatherings.For a number of years the Club has organised "Experience Days" which provide our members with the opportunity to get involved with an engine, learn the basics and have a go at driving or steering under supervision. (Some of our members return annually to extend their skills and experience.)

Latest News

This weekend 11th & 12th July is the virtual Wiston Steam Rally to raise funds for SERV.

Please visit for further details.

Wiston 2021 will be held on 10th & 11th July 2021.

Weald of Kent Road Run on 2nd August 2020 - Check their social media pages for further info.  I will try and share any updates through our Club Media too.  Raising funds for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The Steam Club Committee would like to send their best wishes to all our club members and their families. With these unprecedented times normal life and the things we do have either stopped or changed. The current lock down and social distancing measures are in place to help stop the spread of this terrible coronavirus. With these measures in force this requires many of us to look at life and the things we do in a different way.

The committee has been deliberating and by a small margin has decided to withdraw its involvement in organising the Road run from Tinkers Park to The Blackboys Inn public house on 6th June. As far as the Steam Club is concerned it is cancelled. 

The Driving Day at Tinkers Park on the 7th of June is cancelled. This will be rescheduled to another day either later in the year or even possibly next year.

We are sorry to have to take this action but believe it’s the correct thing to do due to the government’s latest advice. As we all know that the more we adhere to this advice and support our hard-working heroes of the NHS and all the keyworkers the sooner we will all come out this pandemic.

The committee and I would like wish you the best for 2020 and together we will get through this and be able to start steaming again.

Keep Safe

Graham Chaffer


Tinkers Park Steam Rally 2020

Sadly, Tinkers Park Steam Rally will no longer be happening over the weekend of 30th & 31st May.

Something else may happen subject to current conditions.

Club Merchandise

Various items of merchandise are available to purchase directly from our suppliers.

Items include:-

  • Sweatshirts
  • Polo Shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Baseball Caps
  • Fleeces

We are also currently looking in to other ideas.

News & Announcements

      Upcoming Events

Event Date/time Venue
Weald of Kent Road Run 2nd August 2020 Woodchurch, Kent

     10th April     Members Winter Meeting - CANCELLED

To be advised

     3rd May      HCVS London to Brighton Commercial Vehicle Run - CANCELLED UFN

This annual event runs from Crystal Palace to Madeira Drive in Brighton and usually attracts a few traction engines.

HCVS Website

      30th & 31st May   Tinkers Park Annual Steam Traction Engine Rally - POSTPONED

This is a very popular event held by the Claude Jessett Trust at Tinkers Park, Hadlow Down, East Sussex and raises a large amount of money for the Cancer Research Fund.

Tinkers Park Website

   6th June     Spring Road Run - CANCELLED

A Spring road run from Tinkers Park through the lanes to the Blackboys Inn.  Supported by the Management of the pub, food will be available.

Blackboys Inn Website

   7th June     Steam Driving Experience Day - POSTPONED

By popular request we have decided this year to hold a Steam Experience Day at Tinkers Park where you will have the opportunity to prepare and drive a Traction Engine under the guidance of an experienced person.  

Prices : £95 members or £110 for Non-members.

Please email for further details:-

   11th & 12th July     Virtual Wiston Steam Rally

A virtual Steam Rally this year to raise funds for SERV.  Visit

Wiston Steam Rally Website

   2nd August   Weald of Kent Road Run

Road run in the Ashford area raising funds for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

   10th & 11th July 2021     Wiston Steam Rally

Details to Follow

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Details to Follow

Success stories

Wiston Winners 2018

The Howard Stenning Achievement Award

Presented to the Volunteers of the Wiston Steam Rally in 2018 who have worked tirelessly to present the Wiston Steam Rally over the years.

Dave Main presentation

Hard Working Secretary

David Main was presented with a tankard as a token of gratitude for his hard work whilst he served as our Club Secretary.  The tankard was presented by Club Chairman Graham Chaffer.


Steam Apprentices

Steam Apprentices are the young members of the NTET (National Traction Engine Trust).  Steam Apprentice Days are held around the country and our members help with the event at Tinkers Park.

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