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County Down Traction Engine Club

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CDTEC is keen to move with the times and  is pleased to announce that we are now active on Facebook – check out “Down Tractor Drivers” and join in the banter.


CDTEC is continuing to play its part in the local community and is already planning an exciting programme of events and meetings for 2023. Our meetings are usually held on the last Wednesday of each month and we welcome visitors to join us and get involved in the clubs activities.

At the March meeting we will have a film show, by Robert Kidd, of various vintage agricultural machines and practices. The April club meeting will take the form of a visit to the Bann Valley Heritage centre which covers the storey of rural living in the Bann valley including the Linen industry and the Mills.

We will of course also be running our annual rally in Ballygowan on the 2nd Saturday in August and it will have all the usual range of attractions with some new ones for 2023. Watch this space for further details of all these events as the season progresses.

If you want to become involved or find out more please contact our Secretary or feel free to come along to one of our meetings.


County Down Traction Engine Club – Easter Road Run 2023


CDTEC will hold it’s annual Easter tractor road run on Easter Tuesday (11th April) in the Killinchy area. It will start from 72 Killyleagh Road just a mile or two south of Balloo cross roads and will leave sharp at 1.00pm so entrants need to be there well in advance for registration purposes. Registration opens at 11.00am so best to be early.


The tractors will leave the yard turning left on to Killyleagh Road, left into Tullycore road, on to the Ballymorran road, Ringdufferin road, Ringdufferin lane, Ballymorran road (again), then Quarterland road, returning to Ballymorran road yet again before  progressing on to Bayview road and then Main Street Killinchy where it turns right heading for Whiterock. It then proceeds along Whiterock Bay, Ballydorn road, Killinakin road, Ardmillin road, Ballymartin road, Craigacaskey road and Comber road before returning to it’s starting point on the Killyleagh road.


The route is also suitable for cars and 4 x 4s but not lorries and the minimum donation is £15 per vehicle and £5 per passenger.


Refreshments will be provided upon return to the yard.


Proceeds from the event will as usual be donated to genuine worthy causes (yet to be decided).