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Throwback Thursday

Calliope

Throwback Thursday travels back to a steam rally in southern Cheshire in the late 1980s.

This is a steam powered fairground organ, also known as a calliope.

Steam powered fairground organ
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Travel Tuesday

A fire in the firebox

This week Travel Tuesday is visiting a steam rally in Queen’s Park, Crewe in southern Cheshire, England.

This traction engine has recently had a fire started in the firebox as the smoke from the smokestack shows.

Weekly Prompts: Wheels
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Tuesday Photo Challenge

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Transport

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Transport.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking about two of the slides I had made digital copies of over the Christmas period. They were of old fashioned transport used to ferry goods in the past.

A  row of restored classic commercial vehicles on display at a steam rally in Cheshire, England.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Transport

 

A hire fleet of narrowboats on a canal in Cheshire, England. These are modern narrowboats with steel hulls. Narrowboats were originally made of wood and built to carry goods such as coal on the canal network.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Transport

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Monthly Squares

October Squares: Pinstripe Lines

My contribution for day 18 of Becky’s October Squares: Lines photo challenge.

Pinstripes on the spokes on a wheel of a steam traction engine.

October Squares: Pinstripe Lines

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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Sepia Traction Engine

The new Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge is Sepia which runs throughout August.

The challenge got me thinking about the old, sepia toned photographs in family photo albums.

That got me thinking about some of my shots of various old manmade subjects. Photos of them when they were current would probably have been sepia toned.

A steam traction engine with a fire in the firebox. Taken at the Cheshire Steam Rally in the 1980s.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Sepia.

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Throwback Thursday

Steam Traction Engine Detail.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s.

I had gone to the Cheshire Steam Rally early on Sunday morning. I was one of only a few people there early which meant good access to the machinery on display. I could isolate details and photograph the exhibitors polishing their machines and lighting the fire box.

This is part of the mechanism of one of the steam traction engines, the ornate paint and polished brass caught my eye.

Detail of a steam traction engine.

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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Display

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Display.

A male Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying to attract a female near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Yellow-headed Blackbird male displaying.

Old commercial vehicle display, Queens Park, Crewe, Cheshire, England.

Old commercial vehicle display.

A pair of Great Crested Grebes performing the weed waving part of their courtship display in the spring, Hurleston Reservoir, Cheshire, England.

displaying Great Crested Grebes

Canada Day firework display, Wiarton, South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

Fireworks for Canada Day.