What To See and How To See It at the Royal Agricultural Show at Doncaster.
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The amount of appreciation which was evoked by the novel method which we adopted in connection with our guide to the Manchester Motor Show, in February last, prompts us unhesitatingly to adopt similar means to assist those of our readers who will visit the Royal Show, at Doncaster, during next week—between the 2nd and 6th prox. The ordinary exhibition under a roof is without doubt a most tiring display, even to the most enthusiastic of sightseers. The atmosphere as a rule is surcharged with dust, and there is but a limited supply of breathable oxygen. The gangways are usually congested, and the crowds frequently render it a matter of great difficulty systematically to undertake an inspection of all the interesting objects. When the exhibition, however, is an open-air one, with the area a matter of acres and not square feet, and when the ordinary floor boards of an assembly hall are replaced by springy turf, the undertaking is, at any rate, not liable to result in such a degree of personal fatigue. The Shows of the Royal Agricultural Society of England are always enjoyable fixtures, and they attract a body of sightseers which includes members of all sorts and conditions, and of all social grades. There is much to interest the agricultural labourer, and there is much to interest the landed proprietor and the general farmer. Ordinary sight-seeing visitors flock there in thousands without any specific desire to improve their minds, or their experience, whilst there is still another crowd which arrives without fail, and that consists of the ordinary member of the British public who makes a point of attending any exhibition which may serve to increase his stock of general information. Taken altogether, therefore, the R.A.S.E. Shows attract a public which is almost unique in its diversity. The nature of the exhibits is not less comprehensive. It is, however, not with the cattle and with the pigs, with the chaff-cutters and the churns, that we and the regular readers of this journal are primarily concerned. The mechanical side of farming and of land cultivation has, during recent years, increased to a remarkable extent. It is with a view to guiding those visitors who will journey to Doncaster in order to inspect the latest types of tractors, agrimotors, self-propelled road vehicles of various kinds, as well as again to familiarize themselves with the many specialities which are incidental to various branches of the industry in which we are interested, that we proceed hereafter to outline an itinerary which shall enable a satisfactory inspection to be made, without fruitless wanderings, over the 103 acres of the Old Town Moor of Doncaster, and without the possible overlooking of special displays to which attention should have been particularly directed.
We publish on page 375 a specially-drawn plan of the implement section, for it is in that portion of the showyard where the commercial-motor exhibits of all kinds are quartered. On this diagram, we also indicate the route which we suggest an imaginary visitor should pursue, in order to save time and fatigue, and to see all that is possible under such circumstances. Elsewhere, too, we publish a summary of the various special railway facilities which have been inaugurated by the railway companies which are undertaking the conveyance of passengers and goods to the Yorkshire town. Londoners will be interested in the special restaurant express to be run by the G.N.R., from King's Cross. (See page 374).