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.