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Faster than Sound

Posted: October 16, 2017 in History, Transport
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Charles E. Yeager. Photo from U.S. Air Force, AF.mil Media Gallery, http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/020903-o-9999b-091.jpg via Wikimedia commons

 

Last Saturday marked the 70th anniversary of first super-sonic flight.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager joined the US Army Airforce as an aircraft mechanic during the Second World War. In Sept 1942 he transferred to the pilot training programme and graduated as a fighter pilot. After the war, he became a test pilot and on 14th October 1947, his experimental Bell X-1 was dropped from the bomb bay of a B-29. On attaining its cruising altitude of 45,000 ft it achieved a speed of 662mph in level flight breaking the sound barrier. His record was to last until 1953 when Scott Crossfield flew at Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound) but Yeager achieved Mach 2.5 a few months later to regain it.

Yeager continued in his air force career eventually retiring as a Brigadier General.

 

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Aveling and Porter Light Engine 1928

A changeable morning, weather-wise, and so we decide to visit the Thursford Collection, an interesting museum of steam engines, fairground rides and steam organs. These reach their heydey in the years before the First World War but due to developments in the diesel and petrol engine as a result of the war effort, steam engines very quickly became obsolete in the years that followed.

 

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‘Medina’ Showman’s engine 1920

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‘Unity’ 1910

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its founder George Cushing had been a farm labourer when he got a job as a steam-roller driver for Kings Lynn Council. Using he savings he eventually purchased a steam-roller from the council and set up his own contracting business. Gradually he added more vehicles to the fleet.

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Steam-driven fairground rides

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120 key Mortier fairground organ

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Portable industrial steam engine used to run machines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 1930’s he began buying up steam engines to save them from being sent to the scrapyard. He stored them on a farm which he had purchased. People started to travel to the farm to view his collection and eventually in 1970 it was opened as a museum. It was originally housed in the old farm buildings but eventually, purpose-built buildings replaced these.

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‘Edward VII’ Showman’s engine 1905

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Clayton Steam Wagon

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An appropriate way to travel to the Collection?

Haven’t posted much about trains recently but am looking forward to getting to some gala days this year. In the meantime here is a piece from Locoyard about the spring gala at Mid-Hants, one of my favourite heritage railways

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Good evening,

Tonight we are looking at my shots from this years Watercress Line Spring Steam Gala which with me being on the 35011 General Steam Navigation stand all day meant my chances to get photos were limited. That being said I had 2 photos I wanted to get at the start of the day with the first being this shot of the Mid Hants Railways newly overhauled 41312 a LMS Ivatt Class 2MT hauling the small freight set in the morning. With the overcast conditions and rain I dont think it came out that badly.

Watercress Line Spring Steam Gala 2016 - Ropley (9)The other photo I had in mind at the start of the day sadly didn’t turn out very well, but that being said, despite all the rain and the bitter cold it was a good gala and from my point of view being on the 35011 stand a very successful one. Below are some…

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More space to display even more of the Museums collection. What could be better!

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York Railway Station Queen Street 2013

The City of York Council working with Network Rail, the National Railway Museum and the Homes and Communities Agency have created a “new vision” for York.  The scheme includes various improvements of how the railway station is accessed from the city centre and the redevelopment of the city’s largest (178 acre) brownfield site located behind York Central railway station.  The proposed development would see 2,500 new homes, 120,000 square metres of office space creating 7,000 new jobs and of particular interest to this blog – more space to expand and improve the world’s largest railway museum!

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Cheltenham

Posted: March 25, 2015 in Trains, Transport, UK
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925 Cheltenham was one of 40 ‘Schools Class’ locomotives built for the Southern Region and which were the most powerful locomotives in Britain at their time of operation. They were named after public schools within the Southern area.

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Cheltenham was built at Eastleigh works in 1934 and performed both passenger and freight duties on the Southern region. It was withdrawn from Service in 1962.


Lord Nelson and Cheltenham dual hauling a train northbound on the Mid-Hants Railway

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Following its withdrawal it was taken to Eastleigh for a light overhaul and then was on display at the national railway Museum at York until the decision was taken in 2010 to return it to working order. It was restored at Eastleigh and Ropley and entered into service in 2012 on the Mid-Hants Railway.

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2 other examples of schools class locomotives are preserved, one, working, on the North York Moors railway and one, on static display, at the Bluebell Railway

Bus Art (2)

Posted: January 11, 2015 in London, Transport, UK
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Another group of sculptures featured famous places in Westminster.

 'City of Westminster' bus

‘City of Westminster’ bus

Westminster Abbey on 'City of Westminster' bus

Westminster Abbey on ‘City of Westminster’ bus

The Lord Mayor on 'City of Westminster' bus

The Lord Mayor on ‘City of Westminster’ bus

Houses of Parliament on 'City of Westminster' bus

Houses of Parliament on ‘City of Westminster’ bus

'Buckingham Palace Bus'

‘Buckingham Palace Bus’

'Buckingham Palace Bus'

‘Buckingham Palace Bus’

Bus Art (1)

Posted: January 9, 2015 in London, Transport, UK
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2014 was the year of the bus and the London Transport authority commissioned a number of artists to create street art depicting aspects of London life on models of buses. These were then displayed across central London.

Here are some that I managed to find:

There were a group on Transport themes.

'Tunnel Vision' depicting the Underground railway system

‘Tunnel Vision’ depicting the Underground railway system

'Gull Graeni Straeto' depicting the country bus network

‘Gull Graeni Straeto’ depicting the country bus network

'Gull Graeni Straeto' depicting the country bus network

‘Gull Graeni Straeto’ depicting the country bus network

'Gull Graeni Straeto' depicting the country bus network

‘Gull Graeni Straeto’ depicting the country bus network

'Gull Graeni Straeto' depicting the country bus network

‘Gull Graeni Straeto’ depicting the country bus network

'London takes the Bus' depicting the city bus network

‘London takes the Bus’ depicting the city bus network

'London takes the Bus' depicting the city bus network

‘London takes the Bus’ depicting the city bus network

Some more of my favourites from the festival

Austin-Healy

Austin-Healy

MG sports car

MG sports car

Bugatti Racing car (Replica)

Bugatti Racing car (Replica)

Model T Ford

Model T Ford

Model T Ford

Model T Ford

Space age looking side-car

Space age looking side-car

Over the weekend I went to the vintage transport festival at Horsted Keynes on the Bluebell Railway. There seemed to be a lot of cars from the 1950 and 60s. Now maybe its because I was born in the 1950s but I am loathed to regard these as vintage, classic maybe, 50 years old definitely but surely not vintage. Anyway here are some pictures of my highlights

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