A popular engine is set to return to Woolpit Steam Rally this year following a lengthy overhaul.

Old Nick is a 1908 Marshall traction engine owned by the Eagle family of Ipswich.

It will be making a welcome comeback at the event, which takes place on the weekend of  June 1 and 2 at Warren Farm, Wetherden, near Stowmarket. 

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The engine was used for contract thrashing in Oxfordshire until 1940 and then for wood sawing in Yorkshire.

It was acquired by the late Ernie Eagle in 1986, and is now being shown by his son Andrew.

The show - featuring many rare and unusual steam and vintage machines - is organised by brothers David and Gerald Seeley of Rattlesden who have been involved in the event since it started in 1987. They took over its running in 1997.

There are a number of engines which will be of interest to enthusiasts and the wider public, said David.

"In the pre–1930 tractor section we are hoping to have on display a 1916 International Mogul tractor which worked in the Saxmundham area," he said.

"Slightly newer, but equally uncommon is the 1935 Lanz model L which was new to a farmer in Wyverstone and should be returning to the county for the first time in nearly 60 years."

Engine enthusiasts come from a wide area to see the ancient engines in action - performing tasks such as thrashing and wood sawing.

Stationary engine enthusiasts will be able to enjoy around 75 machines - several more than 100 years old, said David.

"Many will be presented doing what they were originally designed for by driving an array of mills, pumps, dynamos and other machinery.

"This section includes the Bamford line shafting display where one engine is powering multiple machines for preparing feed for livestock."

Other highlights include a wood sawing display which has examples of steam, tractor and stationary engine driven saws producing planks, posts and fire wood - reminding people how things used to be done.

Nearby a large Caterpillar bulldozer will be demonstrating its power and performance levelling soil.

"Anybody who witnessed this last year will know what an amazing sight and sound it is," said David.

A display of pre-1965 machines is set to include a show of vintage cars, motorcycles, and commercial and military vehicles.

The show also includes more than 40 craft, trade and auto jumble stalls. They include hot and cold foods sales, a licensed bar and ice creams.

Mike Rule will be providing his ever popular Steam Gallopers and big wheel. These will be supported by side stalls, Punch & Judy and a full ring programme on both days to keep the family entertained.

Gates are open from 9am to 5pm both days and admission is adults £8 Saturday / £9 Sunday, and children £2 either day. Organisers are unable to accept card payments.

Parking is free and the show is easily accessible from Junction 47a on the A14 eastbound, or Junction 49 westbound.

The event is hosted by Woolpit farmers Bob and Trish Baker of R&P Baker - who also own Woolpit Business Park and Stowmarket sushi company Ichiban. The postcode is IP14 3JX.

For more information visit www.woolpit-steam.org.uk