Hammer & sickle?

The chaps in the hi-viz may look like a couple of photographers who lost a lens cap; they had, however, been making a new ramshakle fence to repair and add to the old ramshakle fence and were in the business of packing up their kit.  I’m no expert in these matters but, the dry stone walls have been in place for decades, if not centuries, surely it would, in the long run, be better to properly repair the dry stone walls and be rid of the ramshakle bits of timber nailed together.

Things like this always remind me  of a silent film I watched some years ago. The whole thing was filmed from the window of an apartment block in St. Petersburg, Russia, outside was a hole in the road which workmen came and patched up, badly. They repeatedly kept doing the same thing, each time the hole / patch was a little larger; no one ever checked to see why this was continuing to happen. Then, one fine morning the hole erupted sending steam and boiling water high into the air. The cause of the hole was a leaking steam pipe; the local power station provided the flats with central heating and the supply pipe burst. The road was now impassable and no one had any heating – I’m sure there’s a moral in there somewhere.

I know a hole in the road in St.Petersburg is a long way from Moorgates on the North Yorkshire moors but I’m sure you get my drift – and ‘steam’ was involved – !!!

PS Back in the first decade of the 19th Century the Tsar of Russia travelled from St. Petersburg, to Britain and visited the Brandlings Colliery Railway, in Leeds, where he saw, and ‘marvelled at’, Murray & Blenkinsops ‘steam locomotives’ at work on the railway. Some years later, in the 1830s, the Russians bought an engine from Timothy Hackworth’s engine works in Shildon. It was shipped to Russia accompanyed by John Wesley Hackworth, Hackworth’s son, who, it is alleged, taught the Tsar himself how to drive the locomotive.

Some of you might be interested to know that my book, Railway Tales, about my own footplate work during the last years of BR steam, is now available as an ebook here’s the link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Railway-Tales-C-D-Wilson-ebook/dp/B07H38XV1V/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536155603&sr=1-2&keywords=railway+tales+ebook

Steam Age Daydreams began in 2014 and since then over 600 blogs have appeared on all manner of railway topics.  They are all still available to read in the ‘Archive’ section. I am writing this to let you all know that when the existing webhosting contract expires in December there are, currently, no plans to renew it – Steam Age Daydreams will cease.

The book about my lifetime of involvement with matters railway will still be available on Amazon – Below, is the link to it.


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