A final polish.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is Toys.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before thinking of my photos from a steam fair in Cheshire, England in the 1980s. Taken early one morning, the exhibitors were either lighting the fireboxes of their machines or were giving them a final polish. There’s four people polishing various parts of this steam roller.

Big boys and their big toys.

Polishing a steam roller.

Raising steam.

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s. I visited the Crewe Steam Fair early on Sunday morning before there was many people about. The exhibitors with machinery were busy firing up the boilers or giving the brass work a final polish.

This traction engine has just had the firebox lit judging by the smoke coming out of the smokestack.

Raising steam.