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Quality family time . . . Admiring the steam engines at the Southland Steam Engine Club was Jordie (2), Marty (5) and Pippa (8) Clarke on Saturday. PHOTO: VALU MAKA

It was full steam ahead for the Southland Steam Engine Club at the weekend.

Club president Geoff Henderson said it was great to see families enjoying themselves.

The club’s open weekend featured displays of various steam engines, wooden and flour mills and Ferguson tractors.

Among the traction engines on display was a 1910 Burrell patent tractor.

Mr Henderson said it was originally owned by the Dicksons who lived in Mataura.

“In the early days it was used mostly for chaff-cutting and general farmwork, but today it is being used for the flour mill.”

The steam engine was restored by former owner Mark Tutty.

“Mark got it from Balclutha and he completely rebuilt it and restored it.”

The tractor was used at vintage shows and attended rallies in the South Island, he said.

One of the families who admired the display of steam engines was the Clarke family, of Brydone.

Steven Clarke said it was the family’s second year of visiting the Southland Steam Engines Club open weekend.

“It is basically a walking and working museum.

“The kids love it because they get to see and ride on the steam engines.”

Another Southland steam engine fanatic was 9-year-old Cole McLaughlin, who enjoyed sitting on the Caterpillar diesel bulldozer display.

“My uncle owns all of the Ferguson tractors that are here.

“But I like this bulldozer the most and I want to learn more about it.”