I swore when I started this blog that I would never post a picture of a kitten. Alas I have to renege on that since I discovered that a family by the name of Kitten used to make steam traction engines by that name in Ferdinand, Indiana.
Thanks to ‘The Blade’ newspaper of Toledo for this
"The featured engine this year is the Kitten, made in southwestern Indiana’s Ferdinand early in the last century.Kittens, named for the family that made them, not the sound that they produce - it’s the same chug-chug-chug as all the other steam engines, no purring about it - are fairly rare. Four originals are at this year’s reunion, plus a model."
From HERE and HERE

I swore when I started this blog that I would never post a picture of a kitten. Alas I have to renege on that since I discovered that a family by the name of Kitten used to make steam traction engines by that name in Ferdinand, Indiana.

Thanks to ‘The Blade’ newspaper of Toledo for this

"The featured engine this year is the Kitten, made in southwestern Indiana’s Ferdinand early in the last century.Kittens, named for the family that made them, not the sound that they produce - it’s the same chug-chug-chug as all the other steam engines, no purring about it - are fairly rare. Four originals are at this year’s reunion, plus a model."

From HERE and HERE

STEAMPUNK AT ELLENROAD 
As is our wont, Master Li, Kahlila & I went over the hill to Ellenroad Steam Museum for the first steaming of the year on Sunday. We were delighted to discover that the Britannia Coconutters from Bacup were going to do their Fertility Dance to make sure the boiler steamed well all year. We were just into our first brew when a lady appeared in top hat and goggles (above) We got chatting  & she told us a group of Steampunkers were coming. She said she felt a bit conspicuous on her own but soon felt a lot lot less conspicuous when the Coconutters arrived. Pic Below.

In the end quite a gang of Steampunkers arrived being members of The White Rose Yorkshire Steampunkers and the Cottonpolis Coglective from Manchester
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A grand day out Grommit

STEAMPUNK AT ELLENROAD 

As is our wont, Master Li, Kahlila & I went over the hill to Ellenroad Steam Museum for the first steaming of the year on Sunday. We were delighted to discover that the Britannia Coconutters from Bacup were going to do their Fertility Dance to make sure the boiler steamed well all year. We were just into our first brew when a lady appeared in top hat and goggles (above) We got chatting  & she told us a group of Steampunkers were coming. She said she felt a bit conspicuous on her own but soon felt a lot lot less conspicuous when the Coconutters arrived. Pic Below.

In the end quite a gang of Steampunkers arrived being members of The White Rose Yorkshire Steampunkers and the Cottonpolis Coglective from Manchester

See Below

A grand day out Grommit

ROYSTON VASEY RECIPROCATING ENGINEERS
From the direction of Kahlila Gibran’s glance she is more interested in heading off to the Boiler Room at Ellenroad Steam Museum than watching the steam engine running. We literally have to drag her out of Boiler Rooms when it is time to go home. Master Li (the blurred hands on the right) , will watch a set of Corlis Valve gear clicking away all day.

The engine, Eleanor Nightingale, is named after a figure renouned in the annals of Royston Vasey. Eleanor Nightingale was the Matron of Royston Vasey Cottage Hospital and did as much  as her namesake, Florence,  to ease the lot of the sick. She invented the Steam Heated Bedpan. Aware of the bad effect applying a stone cold bedpan to the posterior of an ill patient she thought up the idea of a Steam Heated Bedpan. The Arthur Negus Sanitary Ware Factory on Sewer Lane  put her idea into production and they became renowned throughout the West Riding. There was a snag.  Her nurses soon reported back to her that patients with no immediate need of a Bedpan were calling for them just for the pleasure of  warm rear end and were hogging them for hours. Matron Nightingale soon nipped this in the bud. She decreed that any patient who called for a bedpan and did not perform would be given a stiff dose of Senna Pod  Tea and a tablespoon of Castor Oil. Few failed to perform after that.

ROYSTON VASEY RECIPROCATING ENGINEERS

From the direction of Kahlila Gibran’s glance she is more interested in heading off to the Boiler Room at Ellenroad Steam Museum than watching the steam engine running. We literally have to drag her out of Boiler Rooms when it is time to go home. Master Li (the blurred hands on the right) , will watch a set of Corlis Valve gear clicking away all day.

The engine, Eleanor Nightingale, is named after a figure renouned in the annals of Royston Vasey. Eleanor Nightingale was the Matron of Royston Vasey Cottage Hospital and did as much  as her namesake, Florence,  to ease the lot of the sick. She invented the Steam Heated Bedpan. Aware of the bad effect applying a stone cold bedpan to the posterior of an ill patient she thought up the idea of a Steam Heated Bedpan. The Arthur Negus Sanitary Ware Factory on Sewer Lane  put her idea into production and they became renowned throughout the West Riding. There was a snag.  Her nurses soon reported back to her that patients with no immediate need of a Bedpan were calling for them just for the pleasure of  warm rear end and were hogging them for hours. Matron Nightingale soon nipped this in the bud. She decreed that any patient who called for a bedpan and did not perform would be given a stiff dose of Senna Pod  Tea and a tablespoon of Castor Oil. Few failed to perform after that.

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STEAMPUNK
A lot of Steampunk revolves round dressing up and I love that side but how many get down to the nitty gritty of the STEAM part and love finding things like this Steam Winch that used to work underground in a colliery, which we found at The Yorkshire Mining Museum. It qualify’s to come under the care of Kahlila’s Abandoned Machinery group.
The special display of the role women had in mining especially interested the ladies of the Clogiron Appreciation Society who were with us on this trip to The Mining Museum.

On the Underground Tour, when the guide mentioned that, due to the heat of the mine, the women worked stripped to the waist,  the Clogiron Appreciation Ladies   insisted on doing a re-enactment.When he’d recovered the guide pointed to the coal tub and told us that rounded bottoms were very rare in British mines. 
It was pointed out to him that they were a lot less rare at this moment.

STEAMPUNK

A lot of Steampunk revolves round dressing up and I love that side but how many get down to the nitty gritty of the STEAM part and love finding things like this Steam Winch that used to work underground in a colliery, which we found at The Yorkshire Mining Museum. It qualify’s to come under the care of Kahlila’s Abandoned Machinery group.

The special display of the role women had in mining especially interested the ladies of the Clogiron Appreciation Society who were with us on this trip to The Mining Museum.

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On the Underground Tour, when the guide mentioned that, due to the heat of the mine, the women worked stripped to the waist,  the Clogiron Appreciation Ladies   insisted on doing a re-enactment.
When he’d recovered the guide pointed to the coal tub and told us that rounded bottoms were very rare in British mines.

It was pointed out to him that they were a lot less rare at this moment.

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