April 9th, 2006


Celebration of Steam

I did manage to get down to Portsmouth Dockyard yesterday for the Celebration of Steam to celebrate Brunel's 200th Bicentenary.

They had about a dozen traction engines there, including a ploughing engine which is about the biggest engine you can see. The ploughing engines actually worked in pairs at either side of a field. They have a reel of cable underneath, to which a plough was attached, and that plough is then pulled between the two engines. (I wonder if there are ever demonstrations of this?)

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