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Inside the Smokebox

By DicksPics
And now for something completely different!

On Wednesday, I was privileged to be shown around the workshops, engine shed and yard, at Cheddleton Station, of the Churnet Valley Railway, near Leek, in North Staffordshire. I was able to talk to the incredibly enthusiastic volunteers and lovely people who work incredibly hard to maintain this wonderful railway. I was in my photographic element!

It was a very rainy, windy and cold day!!

The lead image and first two versions show the inside the firebox of an American built locomotive type S160, No. 5197.

No. 5197 was built as works no.8856 by the Lima Locomotive Company in Ohio, USA, in June 1945. Weighing 135 tons in full working order, the locomotive was exported to China in January, 1946.

The final version shows another S160 locomotive, No 6046(hopefully what No. 5197 will eventually look like!), that can be seen at Churnet Valley. It is in the final stages of being repaired after one of its cylinders was severely damaged whilst on loan to another Heritage Railway - cost of repair .... a mere 250000! - someone had their knuckles rapped!!

No. 5197 is a work in progress - I will upload more images of the many parts of this wonderful piece of engineering over the next week or so.

Many, much appreciated thanks for all votes and comments on my ‘'Towpath Walk'’ upload and, especially, to Steve(Stephen_B) for his much valued User Award.

I will visit EPZ as often as possible over the next few days - we have granddaughter Erin staying with us for three nights ………… I’'m sure she'’ll keep us busy, the little treasure!!SmileSmileSmile

Have a good weekend, folks,


Tags: Photo journalism Restoration Railways Steam locomotives Churnet valley railway

Voters: ken j., BRITCHIE, Tobytoes and 68 more

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ken j. 18 374
10 Mar 2016 11:24PM
Nice set ****.
10 Mar 2016 11:27PM
What a super set of excellent images, beautiful captures, Richard.
Tobytoes 9 3 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2016 11:32PM
Ah propper engineering me thinks!
10 Mar 2016 11:32PM
Great narrative & super set of this Locomotive & inside the steam boiler
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
10 Mar 2016 11:35PM
Love the lead image. And good to see the versions to see what it actually is. Great set ****.
10 Mar 2016 11:40PM
Super set Richard, excellent detail in all images,
Irishkate 11 45 121 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2016 12:22AM
Excellent set Richard with views most of us wouldn't see.
Great that you were in your element.
Enjoy the babysitting.
Kate Grin
ColleenA Plus
9 500 7 Australia
11 Mar 2016 12:46AM
Superb set of images, must have been so exciting. you're so excited Erin is coming to stay....enjoy
tonyguitar 9 77 37 Canada
11 Mar 2016 2:45AM
Lead image is so unique. Looks like fine workmanship to me. Superior quality and that goes for your images as well. TG
Bantu 8 7 1 India
11 Mar 2016 3:28AM
Very interesting captures Richard,with very good explanation.

NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2016 4:43AM
Both interesting and very well documented. Great photography with image one being my particular favourite. Wonderful detail throughout.

Thanks for sharing Richard

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
11 Mar 2016 4:44AM
Quite fascinating - a part one never sees: nicely captured in fine detail, Richard.
What an interesting experience.
I remember being taken as a young lad to the North British Locomotive Works in Polmadie, Glasgow (long since defunct of course) and the abiding memory I retain is the incredible noise in the boiler makers section........the noise actually hurt one's ears.
11 Mar 2016 7:12AM
Superb set of images
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2016 7:14AM
CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
11 Mar 2016 7:52AM
A fascinating set, Richard, wonderful to see the restoration of the fine work horses. Have a good weekend yourself.
jocas 7 6 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2016 7:58AM
fabulous set of images and amazing to see inside the smoke box. i wish the trains i found here in Bulgaria could find some enthusiasts to repair them but at those prices i doubt very much that it will happen .SadSad
11 Mar 2016 8:38AM
A brilliant image Richard with excellent history. What a great comp'.

John Smile
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2016 8:47AM
Beautifully sharp set Richard, especially like your lead. Enjoy your weekend.
EMJAYCEE 12 10 10 England
11 Mar 2016 8:49AM
Great photography Richard. Enjoy your time with Erin. SmileSmileSmile
11 Mar 2016 9:09AM
A really great set. Well done Richard.
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2016 9:15AM
The Lead is just awesome
11 Mar 2016 9:40AM
the lead is the winner however the version could easily stand on their own Richard the lead gets the gong

11 Mar 2016 10:06AM
A fabulous set of excellently and well detailed images, Richard.
ddolfelin Plus
10 103 3 Wales
11 Mar 2016 10:27AM
Fascinating and I look forward to more.
ade123 9 285 1 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2016 10:41AM
A brilliant set Richard

Your lead image gets mu UA today Richard, a fine set.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
11 Mar 2016 11:38AM
Great set, Richard, like the viewpoint captured in the lead like the whole loco in the last version Wink
Trev Smile
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2016 12:59PM
A great piece of cleverness!
Super well composed image!
11 Mar 2016 4:08PM
3 absolutely fantastic photographs Richard, they are superb, I love trains and all kinds of engineering too. All are good compositions, and so good to see the whole of the engine.

Well done with the awards, have some cake too from me.

Patty SmileSmile
kojak 9 14 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2016 4:25PM
Nice write up too Richard
JuBarney Plus
10 36 5 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2016 5:21PM
A really lovely set .... and soooo clean!
They always seem black on steam engines I have seen.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 795 England
11 Mar 2016 7:45PM
A great viewpoint and an interesting write-up.
cabbie Plus
14 31 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2016 7:49PM
Something close to my heart Richard, love my days out at nymr . A fine set of images have another gong well done

11 Mar 2016 9:12PM
Excellent set Richard and an interesting write up..Lin
11 Mar 2016 9:47PM
As with Cabbie, a subject dear to my heart

I must visit this railway Richard

Thanks for showing us what they are doing there.

11 Mar 2016 9:49PM
Super set Richard. I am sure the lovely Erin will keep you on your toes. Cathy
ukgubbi 10 5 India
12 Mar 2016 2:55AM
Great set.
12 Mar 2016 7:50AM
such a great abstract, well done Richard SmileSmile
Jukka Plus
10 1 Finland
12 Mar 2016 3:33PM
This looks Very good , Richard ! SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.
nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
13 Mar 2016 12:00AM
These are very interesting shots, Richard. Wonderfully taken. Thanks for sharing.
I'm sure you're having super time with Erin, my friend.
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
13 Mar 2016 1:42PM
Beautifully conceived and executed image Richard, plus the versions are very informative.

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