20th March 2017 by Larchfield Community
Aidan is the proud owner of four 'Mamod' miniature steam engines, some of which he has restored with the help of a friend. One of these is an SW1 steam wagon that Aidan has restored, resprayed and repainted. Once the boilers on the engines are filled with water they are run using a meths burner or a solid fuel burner. To keep the engines in good running order they have to be steamed up every few weeks and all the moving parts have to be oiled.
There are often steam engine exhibitions at the agricultural shows in the summer and Aidan first displayed his steam wagon at the Tees Cottage pumping station at Darlington in 1984. Aidan can be seen with his models at the Stokesley show in September and at the National Model Engineer Exhibition at Doncaster Racecourse.
Aidan exhibiting at Stokesley Show
Sailing is Aidan's other hobby. He first started at age 11 and continued until he was 22 then, after a gap, returned to this hobby in 2001. Aidan sails at Scaling Dam on the Whitby Moors Road. He has a Laser sailing dinghy which he sails single-handed, racing on a Sunday either in the Laser class series or the Millennium series. The Millennium series is a general race that is handicapped and everyone sets off together. The sailing is from April till the end of October and Aidan wears a wet suit, a spray top, sailing boots, a buoyancy jacket and gloves. There are about 40 other Laser dinghys at Scaling Dam and Aidan said that if the weather is good it feels great to be out on the dinghy and there is a chance to socialise afterwards at the canteen or in the bar.
Aidan has also raced his dinghy in the Lake District at Basenthwaite and Ullswater and has competed in the Lord Berith Trophy race. He already has quite a few trophies and hopes to eventually achieve first place in a race.