Miniature Steam Exhibits
During the Victorian era, industry was transformed by the application of steam power. Mobile steam engines continued that process by mechanising agriculture and road haulage. Specialised machines soon evolved for diverse tasks such as road rolling, cranes, ploughing and the showman's requirement for haulage, electrical power and ornament to outshine his competitor. Fowler even built some modified road rollers specially for crushing diamond ores in South Africa, and steam-powered lorries of familiar, modern outline were popular before the diesel engine became light enough for road traction..
Almost every characteristic of the prototype can be found in the superb scale models built by highly-skilled enthusiasts. Frequently as large as quarter-size, these are by no means toys and are capable of performing real haulage tasks.

Although raising steam is faster than on full-sized engines, it still takes too long for some spectators.

These machines must be properly registered to travel on public roads, so some of them will only be found on the Festival field. Others may be seen about the town, and in the parades.

Here's one that seems to be heading to the local supermarket for supplies!

Many full-size steam engines can be found in the town during the day, and may take part in the parades. Miniature steamers have a space on the Festival field and are often found having a tour around the other exhibits. It is customary for some of these engines to run up to the Pier on Sunday evenings, where rides may be taken on the Promenade.