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Nuts, screws, washers, and bolts

45407cowdenbeath1Scottish Railway Preservation Society’s ‘Fife Circle’ rail tour, in the capable hands of Ex-LMSR Class 5MT 4-6-0 No.45407, is about to pass Cowdenbeath station, as she heads towards her water stop at Culross, alonside the river Forth, in September 2015. No.45407 was built by Armstrong Whitworth, of Newcastle, in 1937 and worked until the last days of steam on British Railways, when she was allocated to Lostock Hall MPD, her first allocation was at Kettering.

Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Whitworth, have, as they say, ‘some form’. Mr. Whitworth is your standard screw thread man, he was also a Fellow of the Royal Society and produced a ‘sharp shooter rifle’. Mr. Armstrong was also something of an armaments type and his breach loading gun was used to re-equip the British artillery after the Crimean war – ‘charge of the Light Brigade’, and all that.. Mr. Armstrong had built,  for himself, a house at the very forefront of the technology of the day. ‘Cragside’, in the village of Rothbury, had hot a cold running water, central heating, and electric lighting utilising a water powered  generator, hydroelectricity was a very novel idea for 1878.

Not content with hydro electrics and building locomotives and guns, Armstrong Whitworth, built ships, they are credited with the first ‘ice breaker’ and another which was involved in the opening and operation of the Trans-Siberian Railway. And if that’s not enough they built some rather handsome motor cars too – the Armstrong Siddley Sapphire was one such – bank managers loved them!!

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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