On Sunday the 18th May 2014 at 7.45pm I was on my way home, driving along Crays Hill and approaching the double bend in the road when I saw the blue flashing lights of a police car just past the first bend. I slowed down and could see the police car parked across the road in front of me. I was allowed past and laying on the grass was a traction engine. It had fallen off the low loader trailer transporting it home from a show.
I carried on to the ‘Shepherd and Dog’ public house where I parked and, taking my camera, walked back to the site of the accident. There were about ten people standing round talking. I asked the police man if I could take photos. He said “Yes”, so I took these four pictures.
I found out afterwards that the traction engine was on its way home from a Young Farmers Show at Roxwell and returning to Barleylands. It was one of Barleylands main attractions called “The Giant Panther”. It was built in 1927 and is a Fowler Ploughing Engine. It is one of a pair which have been restored over the last few years and is regularly used in ploughing competitions at Barleylands’ Country Shows.
It will cost thousands of pounds to restore it.