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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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Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts: Wheels

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Wheels.

Having been digitising my slide archives for a few months I thought about some of the colourful wheels found on old steam traction engines and farm tractors from my years living in Cheshire, England.

 

Weekly Prompts: Wheels

Yellow wheels. A traction engine at a steam rally in Cheshire.

 

Weekly Prompts: Wheels

Red wheel detail. A steam traction engine wheel at a steam fair.

 

Weekly Prompts: Wheels

Orange wheels. A competitor in the Cheshire Ploughing Match in the 1980s.

 

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One Word Sunday

Restoration

I had several ideas for a post when reading the One Word Sunday prompt Restoration.

In the end I went with two very different restored pieces of machinery.

 

One Word Sunday: Restoration

This is Olivia, a De Havilland Canada Beaver floatplane. Built in 1956 and restored in 2007. Photographed at the Air and Auto Extravaganza, Wiarton Airport, Ontario in 2018.

 

One Word Sunday: Restoration

Giving the brass on the smoke stack of a restored traction engine a final polish. Taken at a Steam Rally in Crewe, Cheshire, the traction engine has a front mounted winch.

 

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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.