Steam engine taxi service takes punters to the pub amid fuel shortages

All aboard the beer train! Friends set up a steam engine taxi service to take revellers to the pub amid fuel shortage crisis

  • Kitty McConachie and mates didn’t have enough fuel to reach their favourite pub
  • So they used friend Will Mansi’s steam engines in scenic ride around East Sussex
  • Videos attracted more than 389,000 views and 50,000 likes on social media 

A group of friends set up a steam engine taxi service to take revellers stranded by the fuel shortage crisis to the pub.  

Kitty McConachie had been out for the day with pals when one of the group realised they didn’t have enough diesel to drive to their favourite watering hole.

Showing that ‘nothing will stop Brits getting to the pub’, 18-year-old Kitty and the group of mates decided to use their friend Will Mansi’s steam engines for a scenic ride around East Sussex.

The group of 30 drinkers then drove down main roads with cars crawling behind them all the way to their local pub, with what should have been a 10-minute drive taking more than an hour.

The nursery worker’s video has since attracted more than 389,000 views and 50,000 likes on TikTok, with people joking ‘nothing will stop Brits from getting to the pub’.


Showing that ‘nothing will stop Brits getting to the pub’, 18-year-old Kitty and the group of mates decided to use their friend Will Mansi’s steam engines for a scenic ride around East Sussex

The group of 30 drinkers then drove down main roads with cars crawling behind them all the way to their local pub, with what should have been a 10-minute drive taking more than an hour

Kitty, from Hadlow Down, East Sussex, said: ‘The fuel shortages have been a nightmare the last few weeks.

‘One of our friends said ‘I’ve no diesel to get back’. We were taking the mick out of him.

‘We thought it was quite funny. There were all these people trying to get fuel and there we were going past in steam engines.

‘It’s not something you expect to see every day. Some people were laughing and others were stuck behind us getting annoyed.

‘We couldn’t miss going to the pub. We made a bit of a taxi service for our friends.

‘People online were joking ‘nothing would stop the British from getting the pub’.’

The group of mates, including some from the farming community, had all been to an agricultural show and decided to go for a bite to eat afterwards.

After one member of the group admitted he had no more fuel left in his car, Will and his father Dave agree to drive them to the pub via steam engine – even returning to take them home later.

Kitty said: ‘My friend George [Carver, 19] jumped off the engine and needed a wee, then had to run all the way up the hill to get back on. There was no stopping for anyone.

‘The steam engine was going about 5mph. It took us just over an hour to get to the pub and it’s about a 10-minute drive in a car.

The nursery worker’s video has since attracted more than 389,000 views and 50,000 likes on TikTok, with people joking ‘nothing will stop Brits from getting to the pub’

‘We even had a few dogs on there as well – a Dalmatian and two puppies.

‘The video at the end with one of the engines overtaking is on the way back when it’s dark.’

Social media users all reacted to the clip pointing out the video showed ‘what it was like to be British’ and that nothing would get in the way of a trip of the pub.

One said: ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way to the pub. Nothing will stop us Brits.’

A second user wrote: ‘Trust the Brits to find the best solutions to problems with caused ourselves.’

Another added: ‘Tell me you’re British without telling me you’re British.’

A fourth said: ‘Anything for the pub. Us Brits have our ways.’ 

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