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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 26th February, 2016)

Steaming into Hindley

Steaming into Hindley
Black 5 No 44871 and LMS Jubilee Class No 45699 "Galatea" approaching Hindley Station with the Tin Bath Tour on 14th February 2016.

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Nikon D800 with Nikon 70-300mm AF-S G VR)
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Comment by: Ken R on 26th February 2016 at 02:28

That is what you call " picture perfect"

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 26th February 2016 at 07:44

I'm sure this is why we will never make true Europeans !
Long live steam !!

Comment by: Garry on 26th February 2016 at 07:50

What a great sight, if your wondering what the little bridge was for, it was used for farm tractors and equipment from one field to the other.

Comment by: Vb on 26th February 2016 at 08:44

Two for the price of one! Can't help thinking they look quite 'toy-like'! I love the way the steam billows above!

Comment by: PeterP on 26th February 2016 at 09:15

photo full of nostalgia for steam trains. In reality steam engines must have been dirty and dusty has well as wet and windy to work on.

Comment by: Johnny on 26th February 2016 at 10:00

Great pic!!
Thanks for that info Garry. Very considerate of the engineers. I suppose this was constructed after consultations with the farmers/landowners!

Comment by: Friends of Hindley Station on 26th February 2016 at 10:06

Fantastic photograph Dave thank you for giving us permission to use it in our poster case, and thank you for all your support with our art work

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 26th February 2016 at 10:45

Vb; On viewing this, I immediately thought of toy trains.
Dave; Grand photo. Would Morrisons be behind this section of track?
I`ll miss Morrisons in the Galleries when they close at the beginning of April.

Comment by: Carolaen on 26th February 2016 at 10:52

Helen of Troy - Don't quite get your point Much of Europe had steam well beyond the UK. Last in France, Spain and Germany 1975, Italy 1976, and are still running on one line in Poland.

Comment by: Cyril on 26th February 2016 at 11:44

PeterP, the Flying Scotsman drivers were being interviewed on the BBC News yesterday and their faces were blackened with coal dust, so yes a dirty, dusty job, and quite hot too I'd imagine.

Also for cows or sheep to go through too Garry.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 26th February 2016 at 12:46

I just wondered if folk on the European Continent love steam engines of days gone by as much as we seem to here in Britain...just a thought.

Comment by: Garry on 26th February 2016 at 14:32

Yes fair comment Cyril.
Helen of Troy, we love Steam and find it hard to let go, we here in Britain invented the steam locomotive in 1804 by Richard Trevithick (and it wasn't the Rocket, that came later) Britain had the Best designers,and the best engineers in the world. The Flying Scotsman and Mallard to name just two. Can anyone name a famous steam loco from another country has famous has the two engines I've mentioned.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 26th February 2016 at 16:39

You only need to Google for pics of steam engines HoT, and you'll find dozens of them still steaming sur le continong.
I've just been editing an item on an 1869 Birkenhead-built Brassey engine preserved in Rumania - you can see and hear it here:
You'll also find preserved narrow gauge steam railways dotted about all over France - they're as nostalgic as we are.

Comment by: Carolaen on 26th February 2016 at 17:26

Helen. The Germans certainly are and I can well recommend a visit to the Harz mountains where there is a network of steam railways still running. Technically its narrow gauge but the engines are about the same size as the ones in this photo.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 26th February 2016 at 19:12

The Swiss Transport Museum, Lucerne, opened in July 1959 is Switzerland's most popular museum.

Comment by: John Morris on 26th February 2016 at 22:13

Good one Dave.

Comment by: kevan T on 26th February 2016 at 22:14

Went on the Cumbrian tour behind Galatea when last in Wigan (2013), sadly she disgraced herself by only being able to manage 18mph up Shap, steam leaking out all over the place, Mind you it was a solo effort with about 13 carriages behind. Looks in better fettle in this pic though.

Comment by: William Mather on 27th February 2016 at 13:06

I started work in 1957 at Horwich Loco Works as an apprentice Boilermaker.They were still building new steam engines then and repairing old ones till 1968.As a boilermaker apprentice I learned my trade on these monsters firstly Riveting then Boiler and Firebox repairs,Plating, Oxy Acetylene Burning and then Welding which I did for the rest of my working life.Happy days of Wooden ships and Iron Men

Comment by: david.b on 27th February 2016 at 14:00

Only 18 mph?

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