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Into the new year

12 months ago
Clipstone Colliery
I was stymied from posting for most of January due to 'upgrading' to Windows 8 and then discovering that my machine wouldn't run for more than a few minutes before freezing. However, I did eventually get started and was able to post my January backlog then move on with February - blessed relief to be back on site. On the 12th of January I filled in some of the local scenery that I have been neglecting since the 1970s with a wander round Worcester - Photo Photo Photo...
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2012 the last two months

13 months ago
Blists Hill Victorian Town
Being busy and IT issues have delayed my submission considerably. However, before we all forget that 2012 existed, I'll finish it off in readiness for starting the 2013 blogs. Friday the 2nd started with an educational event at Cheltenham Racecourse Photo. The next day was spent in the Ironbridge Gorge with Ashley Dace - Photo Photo Photo Photo. However, the real fun was after dark with the Blists Hill fireworks and the operation of the foundry and...
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Casting a fairly wide net

16 months ago
Stotfold Mill - threshing
Despite being out of the country for two and a half weeks in September, the last two months have seen me visiting quite a few myriads in search of matters industrial and a few personal points too. September started in Devon with a day trip to Totnes that allowed me to grab a few vaguely industrial topics. Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo. On Sunday 2 September I met up with Ashley Dace at Kelly Mine for some photographs of this amazing...
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Newcomen Tercentenary and other engines

18 months ago
Black Country Living Museum - Newcomen tercentenary celebrations
July started with an evening visit to the Blower's Green Pumphouse to listen to a lecture by my colleague Chris Hodrien. Photo Photo 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. Photo Photo Photo. I also got my first PotY shortlisting for a while but no cigar Photo. The following weekend was a Newcomen Society sponsored pair of...

To the halfway point of 2012 that is

20 months ago
Falmouth Docks - MV Athena
My last blog finished at the end of April and the last two months have been as interesting as ever, although I failed to have the anticipated day out with Ashley Dace. On May 6 and 7 I was on duty at Claymills Pumping Station and captured some of the atmosphere Photo Photo. I also got a PotY nomination but no cigar Photo. The weekend of May 12 and 13 was National Mills weekend and I went wild in Shropshire managing 10 of the sites listed on the website as...
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Time marches and Aprils on

22 months ago
Southampton - Captain E J Smith of the Titanic
January and February were relatively devoid of my favourite type of steamy industrial archaeology but the last two months have seen a worthy improvement. March started with an evening visit to Worcester University to see parts of the old infirmary and then to partake of a black tie dinner in Worcester Guildhall Photo Photo. The first weekend saw me arranging a complex two day visit with Ashley Dace in order to get him to some marvellous sites in Greater Manchester. We...

2012 - A Good Start

24 months ago
Steamy Loughborough Station
The first two months of 2012 have slipped by and I've done very little of my beloved stationary steam but have managed to keep busy and when I get round to March I have some good stuff to share. The year started in Devon with friends visiting my sister's holiday home. first up was Sidmouth on a miserable New Year's day Photo. The following day we had lunch in Lympstone Photo before returning home to resume the day job on the Tuesday. Casting about for a new experience, I...

2011 - The Final Two Months

26 months ago
The Engineerium - French engine
My last entry concluded October with a Sunday trip to Derbyshire but I have kept up the pace and feel it is time to close out the old year with a blog. November started with a Saturday afternoon visit to the Forge Mill needle museum in Redditch - a site visited only once before and never photographed. This was adequately addressed - Photo Photo Photo Photo. The following day was a trip to Derbyshire with my sister and was pretty but largely non-industrial -...
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More Industrial Meanderings

28 months ago
Claymills Victorian Pumping station - warming the outdoor exhibits
I realise that I haven't blogged since my description of an epic day in London at the end of August. However, apart from two weeks out of the country, I have been plugging away and it is now time to bring you up to speed. The weekend of 24 and 25 September found me on duty at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station and I used the opportunity to add to my collection of photographs of this large and spectacular site - Photo Photo Photo Photo. I even got a PotY...
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Another Day in London - Docklands Explorer

30 months ago
Royal Victoria Dock
Following on from a very successful trip in July, our gang of four asked Richard Albanese Photo if he could arrange a trip to Docklands to see what little was left that might interest keen industrial archaeologists. Richard planned it all in about three days flat and we met up just after 10:15 0n 28-8-11 at the former London Hydraulic Power Station at Wapping, now a pleasant cafe with machinery among the tables Photo Photo Photo. After a coffee we had a...
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A day trip to London

32 months ago
Steam Tug Portwey
Having discovered that the steam tug Portwey Photo was offering public trips on the Thames, I booked four places and our party departed Worcester at 0730 to catch the 1100 sailing. Portwey is a twin screw coal fired tug and a ride was a very special experience. This was heightened by the trip under Tower Bridge Photo and past HMS Belfast Photo. After two hours or so we disembarked and saw a couple of items of interest on the Isle of Dogs Photo Photo and...
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Chris and Ashley's Brum Bash

36 months ago
City of Birmingham
On Saturday 19 February I met up With Ashley Dace LinkExternal link to explore some of the industrial history and steam engines of Birmingham. As I have been visiting, studying in or working in Birmingham variously since 1977, it seemed reasonable that I act as local tour guide and interpreter of technology. The weather was dreadful but forecast to improve in the afternoon, so we started indoors at the Thinktank museum at Millennium Point Photo that replaced...
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Big game of the steam variety in Greater Manchester

37 months ago
Ena Mill, Atherton
On Sunday 23 January 2011 I went with a couple of friends to take some photographs and see some decent stationary steam engines in the Greater Manchester area. We had a quick journey from the West Midlands via the M6 and were soon in Wigan where we parked up near the Pier area Photo. The former heritage centre is now closed and the signage is faded. We were to start at Trencherfield Mill but as we were early we concentrated on a few photographs of items in the vicinity -...
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Industrial Heritage - Saturday 29th January

37 months ago
Derby Industrial Museum - grasshopper beam engine
Derby Industrial Museum is to close for an unspecified period at the end of March 2011 and this date was quite possibly the penultimate chance to see the grasshopper beam engine in motion. I went with a friend who has been doing this for much longer than me and who is much better at interacting with the various people we meet out and about. After wrestling with Derby's roads we eventually got a parking space nearby and put the maximum two hours on the pay and display. The buildings and...
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