SVAS volunteers have recently completed the restoration of the Collection’s 1890 Clayton & Shuttleworth ‘Hayes Patent’ straw elevator.
Restoration started in 2016 and has involved a complete dismantle and rebuild, replacing wood where necessary. The front wheels of the elevator were particularly damaged and have been re-tyred to hopefully provide another hundred years of service!
The completed elevator will be displayed at this year’s Great Dorset Steam Fair over the Bank holiday weekend before returning to Old Warden as one of the ground attractions at this year’s Vintage Air Show on Sunday 1st September.
The following gallery of pictures will show some of the hard work that has gone in to getting the elevator to this point.