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In Pictures: Steam fans get set for Dorset festival

Steam enthusiasts clean their traction engines ahead of the Great Dorset Steam Fair (Ben Birchall/PA) Photo: PA Wire/PA Images

Steam enthusiasts are making their way to Blandford Forum in Dorset ahead of this year’s Great Dorset Steam Fair.

The event, which gets under way on Thursday, will showcase hundreds of period steam traction engines and heavy mechanical equipment from all eras, and is celebrating its 50th year.

A Burrell traction engine makes its way along Millers Lane towards the village of Horton, Dorset, on the way to the Great Dorset Steam Fair Credit: Ben Birchall/PA
An enthusiast jumps from a William Foster traction engine as dozens of steam-powered vehicles gather at a pub ahead of the event Credit: Ben Birchall/PA
A steam enthusiast cleans his Robey traction engine. Organisers predict this year’s event will be a record-breaker Credit: Ben Birchall/PA
Experts clean their Burrell traction engines. The event promises a ‘unique blend of nostalgia and entertainment’ Credit: Ben Birchall/PA
Steam wagons sit as they get up to pressure Credit: Ben Birchall/PA
Cleaning the plaque on this Aveling & Porter traction engine Credit: Ben Birchall/PA
Organisers say the show will feature 500 full-size steam engines Credit: Ben Birchall/PA
Traction engines are prepared for the road Credit: Ben Birchall/PA
A Burrell Showman’s Road locomotive makes its way to Dorset Credit: Ben Birchall/PA
Cyclists overtake a steam road roller Credit: Ben Birchall/PA
The event will run until Monday August 27 Credit: Ben Birchall/PA