"Cornishman" steams home for good
In July 2015 Burrell traction engine "Cornishman" returned to St Columb Major to be reunited with it's former stablemate "Cornish Maid". Both engines had been owned and operated before and during World War II by Charles Parsons of Bridge and carry consecutive registration numbers. "Cornishman" was sold in the late 1940s, and eventually came into the ownership of Robert Hobbs of Kent who has carried out an extensive restoration. Last year's visit for the Boconnoc Steam Fair was the engine's first return to Cornwall for 70 years.
There the story might have ended were it not for the dream of Agricultural Contractor David Tremain who lives right next to Parsons Garth (yard) at St Columb`. It took twelve months to make the necessary arrangements, but "Cornishman" has once again returned home, into his ownership, and this time it's not just for a summer holiday!