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In Pictures: Steam fans get set for Dorset festival

More than 200,000 visitors are expected to attend.

Steam enthusiasts are making their way to Blandford Forum in Dorset ahead of this year’s Great Dorset Steam Fair.

The event, which gets under way on Thursday, will showcase hundreds of period steam traction engines and heavy mechanical equipment from all eras, and is celebrating its 50th year.

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A Burrell traction engine makes its way along Millers Lane towards the village of Horton, Dorset, on the way to the Great Dorset Steam Fair (Ben Birchall/PA)
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An enthusiast jumps from a William Foster traction engine as dozens of steam-powered vehicles gather at a pub ahead of the event (Ben Birchall/PA)
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A steam enthusiast cleans his Robey traction engine. Organisers predict this year’s event will be a record-breaker (Ben Birchall/PA)
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Experts clean their Burrell traction engines. The event promises a ‘unique blend of nostalgia and entertainment’ (Ben Birchall/PA)
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Steam wagons sit as they get up to pressure (Ben Birchall/PA)
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Cleaning the plaque on this Aveling and Porter traction engine (Ben Birchall/PA)
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Organisers say the show will feature 500 full-size steam engines (Ben Birchall/PA)
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Traction engines are prepared for the road (Ben Birchall/PA)
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A Burrell Showman’s Road locomotive makes its way to Dorset (Ben Birchall/PA)
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Cyclists overtake a steam road roller (Ben Birchall/PA)
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The event will run until Monday August 27 (Ben Birchall/PA)

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