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Newcomen Tercentenary and other engines

By Chris Allen

July started with an evening visit to the Blower's Green Pumphouse to listen to a lecture by my colleague Chris Hodrien. SO9388 : Dudley No. 2 Canal by Chris Allen SO9388 : Display board - Dudley No. 2 Canal by Chris Allen

On Saturday 7 July I spent some time with a flotilla of steam launches in Worcester and had a great time in between getting wet in the torrential showers. SO8554 : Steam launches below Sidbury Lock by Chris Allen SO8556 : Steamboat traffic jam - Gregory's Mill Lock by Chris Allen SO8958 : Steamboating in the rain by Chris Allen. I also got my first PotY shortlisting for a while but no cigar SO8554 : Worcester & Birmingham Canal - bucketing down by Chris Allen.

The following weekend was a Newcomen Society sponsored pair of events to celebrate the tercentenary of Thomas Newcomen's first properly documented atmospheric engine for draining a mine near Dudley. The Saturday was at the Black Country Living Museum and included the recommissioning of the replica 1712 engine.
SO9491 : Thomas Newcomen and his engine - Black Country Living Museum by Chris Allen SO9491 : Black Country Living Museum - It lives! by Chris Allen SO9491 : Black Country Living Museum - a joyous racket by Chris Allen SO9491 : Black Country Living Museum - steam event by Chris Allen SO9491 : Black Country Living Museum - a water stop at Racecourse Colliery by Chris Allen

The Sunday events were at Thinktank in Birmingham and included a canal walk to the 1817 Grazebrook engine, the animation of the 1779 Smethwick engine and a lecture.
SP0887 : Erudition in Action - by Ashted locks and tunnel. by Chris Allen SP0788 : Newcomen Society visit to the Grazebrook engine by Chris Allen SP0787 : Thinktank - Power up gallery by Chris Allen

On 21 July I went with a fellow Claymills director to see the Foxfield Railway gala before later attending the Claymills AGM. The gala was dominated by the action on the 1:19 climb out of Dilhorne (Foxfield) Colliery.
SJ9744 : Foxfield Railway - do I hear something coming? by Chris Allen SJ9744 : Foxfield Railway - tackling the bank by Chris Allen SJ9744 : Dilhorne Colliery by Chris Allen

On 22 July I went with two of the usual suspects to see Crofton Pumping Station in steam and to go on a guided tour of Wilton Windmill. A good time was had by all.
SU2662 : Long may your lum reek - Crofton Pumping Station by Chris Allen SU2662 : Crofton Pumping Station - stoking the boiler by Chris Allen SU2662 : Crofton Pumping Station - Cornish beam engine by Chris Allen SU2761 : Wilton Windmill by Chris Allen SU2761 : Wilton Windmill - stone floor by Chris Allen

On 28 July there was a day of lectures at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea as part of the Newcomen Tercentenary events.
SS6592 : National Waterfront Museum by Chris Allen SS6592 : Floating exhibits Swansea by Chris Allen
Time was also taken to explore the nearby docks, visit the outdoor exhibits at the Swansea Museum, look at the wtreckage of the Hafod copper works and finally take a peek at the Cefn Coed Colliery Museum after closing time.
SS6592 : Former Swansea Docks by Chris Allen SS6592 : Swansea Museum - beam from Cornish beam engine by Chris Allen SS6695 : Remains of Yorkshire Imperial Metals Hafod Works, Landore by Chris Allen SS6694 : Hafod Works - drive to reversing rolling mill by Chris Allen SN7803 : Cefn Coed Colliery Museum - haulage engine by Chris Allen

On Sunday 29 July I visited Dudley Zoo with my sister, just for a change.
SO9490 : Dudley Zoological Gardens - Squirrel monkey by Chris Allen

So, on to August. On Saturday 4 August I was off to Blists Hill Victorian Town near Telford to watch the rolling and hammering of wrought iron in the museum's reconstructed ironworks - awesome!
SJ6903 : Steam and hot iron: - when I nod my head, hit it! by Chris Allen SJ6903 : Blists Hill Victorian Town - it ain't half hot mum! by Chris Allen SJ6903 : Blists Hill Victorian Town - rolling wrought iron by Chris Allen SJ6903 : Blists Hill Victorian Town - rolling mill engine by Chris Allen

On 5 august I was down south with a regular colleague to see the recently restored engine at the Sherborne Steam and Waterwheel Centre. Unfortunately a boiler fault had prevented it running.
ST6416 : Sherborne Steam and Waterwheel Centre by Chris Allen ST6416 : Sherborne Steam and Water Wheel Centre - steam engine by Chris Allen
This was followed by a trip to Westonzoyland land drainage pumping station in steam. This was excellent as always.
ST3332 : Westonzoyland Pumping Station by Chris Allen

The following weekend was in devon with a trip to Brixham, Berry Head SX9456 : Berry Head - lighthouse by Chris Allen and Cockwood SX9780 : Cockwood - train approaching by Chris Allen. Saturday 18 August saw a trip with my Sister to Croft Castle in Herefordshire SO4465 : Croft Castle from the walled garden. by Chris Allen.

Sunday 19 saw us back on our game with a morning visit to Didcot Railway Centre.
SU5291 : Didcot Railway Centre - transfer shed by Chris Allen SU5290 : Didcot Railway Centre - the blue 'King' by Chris Allen SU5290 : Didcot Railway Centre - Railmotor by Chris Allen
There was also a PotY nomination from this site SU5290 : Didcot Railway Centre - heavy lifting by Chris Allen

In the afternoon we went to re-inauguration of Combe Mill following a Lottery funded refurbishment.
SP4115 : Combe Mill - re-opening by Chris Allen SP4115 : Combe Mill - grand re-opening by Chris Allen SP4115 : Combe Mill - first floor by Chris Allen
The day also produced another PotY nomination SP4115 : Combe Mill - forge by Chris Allen and although this made the second round of judging it was ultimately unsuccessful.
The day was finished with a couple of sites en passant - SP3026 : Entrance to footpath by Chris Allen SO9946 : Cropthorne Mill by Chris Allen

The August Bank Holiday weekend saw me on duty at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station.
SK2625 : Claymills Victorian Pumping Station - steaming down the lane by Chris Allen SK2625 : Claymills Victorian Pumping Station - punk your ride by Chris Allen.
There was yet another PotY shortlisting that failed to deliver SK2625 : Claymills Victorian Pumping Station by Chris Allen

September was spent largely out of the country but it started with a meeting with Ashley Dace in Devon and is planned to finish with a trip with him to Herefordshire (all being well).


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Tue, 25 Sep 2012 at 22:34
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