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Kahlila had been most envious of Master Li’s and my trip down the drift mine at Apedale. It was inevitable that she would organise one to include her. She somehow managed to persuade the owner of a little drift mine over Barnsley way to let The Reciprocating Engineers  go down with him on his  Sunday  Inspection trip. How she got round Health & Stupidity I hesitate to guess. She wore what she called her Steampunk Miners Outfit. Master Li and I in our usual scruff. Grand  day out Grommit. Thanks Kahlila.

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Kahlila was thrilled when she found this picture in the National Railway Museum’s Collection. It shows a Galloway boiler be lifted off a flat wagon at the Poplar Docks of the North London Railway in the 1900’s.She was thrilled because she learned to hand fire with a Galloway boiler down at Papplewick Pumping Station. Pic Below

She was proud that the boiler she  fired was still with the original Galloway firedoor and grate. She  told us that Galloways were the best steam raisers of any Lancashire boiler because of their Patent water tubes criss crossing the flues and extracting maximum heat from the fire,
Galloway, a Manchester firm, were world famous for their boilers and built steam engines too.

Galloway’s Boiler Shop which produced a boiler a day.
Picture Below.   Galloway cross compound stationary steam engine. This is in Textile Mill Engine gallery, at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Manchester. It was built in 1926 by W & J Galloway and installed at Elm Street Mill, Burnley 

PS:— Don’t you just love the cab of that hydraulic crane, like a little holiday chalet.
From HERE  & HERE

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Kahlila was thrilled when she found this picture in the National Railway Museum’s Collection. It shows a Galloway boiler be lifted off a flat wagon at the Poplar Docks of the North London Railway in the 1900’s.She was thrilled because she learned to hand fire with a Galloway boiler down at Papplewick Pumping Station. Pic Below

She was proud that the boiler she  fired was still with the original Galloway firedoor and grate. She  told us that Galloways were the best steam raisers of any Lancashire boiler because of their Patent water tubes criss crossing the flues and extracting maximum heat from the fire,

Galloway, a Manchester firm, were world famous for their boilers and built steam engines too.

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Galloway’s Boiler Shop which produced a boiler a day.

Picture Below.   Galloway cross compound stationary steam engine. This is in Textile Mill Engine gallery, at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) in Manchester. It was built in 1926 by W & J Galloway and installed at Elm Street Mill, Burnley 

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PS:— Don’t you just love the cab of that hydraulic crane, like a little holiday chalet.

From HERE  & HERE

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Looking back on 2013, the highlight of the year  was our visit to Claymills Pumping Station in Burton-on-Trent.
Now that Kahlila  is a fully qualified Hand Fired Boiler Stoker the first thing we visited  was the Boiler House. She was a bit condescending about the boilers being hopper feed but congratulated the boiler crew on the vast amount of steam they were producing to steam the two huge beam engines and about a dozen other steam engines round the site all at the same time. She commented that it would take them more  effort to throw coal up into the feed hoppers than to throw it to the back of the firebox, but that only needed an unskilled labourer  to do it instead of a skilled hand firer.
NB. She was in yet another totally unsuitable outfit, but eyecatching enough  to get her introduced to the Mayor of Burton upon Trent who was there to celebrate the 20 th anniversary of the Preservation Society. She was even invited into the VIP Marquee for the buffet but declined on the grounds she was here with the Royston Vasey Reciprocating Engineers and we had made our own arrangments. Claymills gives us the warmest welcome of any place we  visit.

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Looking back on 2013, the highlight of the year  was our visit to Claymills Pumping Station in Burton-on-Trent.

Now that Kahlila  is a fully qualified Hand Fired Boiler Stoker the first thing we visited  was the Boiler House. She was a bit condescending about the boilers being hopper feed but congratulated the boiler crew on the vast amount of steam they were producing to steam the two huge beam engines and about a dozen other steam engines round the site all at the same time. She commented that it would take them more  effort to throw coal up into the feed hoppers than to throw it to the back of the firebox, but that only needed an unskilled labourer  to do it instead of a skilled hand firer.

NB. She was in yet another totally unsuitable outfit, but eyecatching enough  to get her introduced to the Mayor of Burton upon Trent who was there to celebrate the 20 th anniversary of the Preservation Society. She was even invited into the VIP Marquee for the buffet but declined on the grounds she was here with the Royston Vasey Reciprocating Engineers and we had made our own arrangments. Claymills gives us the warmest welcome of any place we  visit.

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Last week Lady Clogiron, myself, Master  and Mistress Li and Kahlila took tea up at Vasey Castle at the invitation of  Lady Euthanasia Vasey. Kahlila is quite matey with her Ladyship & I suspect she was behind the invite.  Shortly after we arrived Kahlila vanished into the  Historical Fashions Collection and reappeared in this 18th Century Pannier dress which she demonstrated  would not even go in the BACK of of the van. She told Master Li she could have worn clothes far wider than those he complained about. Master Li refused to rise to the bait and said if she wanted to go on steam trips in that he would build her a support rig like wing walkers use and she could ride on the top of the van or on low bridge routes, in one of Piggy Smiths trailers. After this good natured sparring we had tea served by Carson, Lady Euthanasia’s butler.
NB:— Apparently this style is worn by followers of RococoPunk. Hope Kahlila never takes that up.

ROYSTON VASEY RECIPROCATING ENGINEERS

Last week Lady Clogiron, myself, Master  and Mistress Li and Kahlila took tea up at Vasey Castle at the invitation of  Lady Euthanasia Vasey. Kahlila is quite matey with her Ladyship & I suspect she was behind the invite.  Shortly after we arrived Kahlila vanished into the  Historical Fashions Collection and reappeared in this 18th Century Pannier dress which she demonstrated  would not even go in the BACK of of the van. She told Master Li she could have worn clothes far wider than those he complained about. Master Li refused to rise to the bait and said if she wanted to go on steam trips in that he would build her a support rig like wing walkers use and she could ride on the top of the van or on low bridge routes, in one of Piggy Smiths trailers. After this good natured sparring we had tea served by Carson, Lady Euthanasia’s butler.

NB:— Apparently this style is worn by followers of RococoPunk. Hope Kahlila never takes that up.