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Evocative Experiences

via Daily Prompt: Evoke

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Definitely not appropriate now. Burning coal we know to be destructive to the atmosphere. Even early on in the industrial revolution smog was noted in English cities as coal was fundamental to machinery for transport, and manufacture, and it filled the air, polluting the atmosphere. I’m glad for other forms of fuel to supplant coal. It would be good to have a solar train! But, nonetheless, I love old steam trains (some would say addicted to them), they evoke strong feelings in me. My childhood comes to life again as I remember family outings, trips to far off cities, going trainspotting with my dad, going to a soccer match with my dad and his friends. The sound of the trains, which ran close by our home, the smell of the coal fire, the whistle at the level crossing, are marvelous memories. It was like they were alive, hence the term iron horse, or mechanical beast, equating life to them. Steam lives on through my inner child as it comes to the fore, with train trips, scale modelling, and museum visits, treasured memories are evoked and very welcome. For me, a steam train is a key to my past, an experience of joy, and a treasure-chest of rich memories, they are evocative of special times.

Paul,

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Trademark

Trademark

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Beyer, Peacock &Co Ltd, Manchester, 1911. A well known trademark among train buffs. But also a trademark product, reliable, affordable and maintainable. Beyer Peacock was formed in Manchester in 1854 and remained in production until 1966. The company marketed all over the world (with the exception of the US). Its trademark was synonymous with quality and reliability.

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This photo gives a clear view of the loco SSM 2  No. 5475 of 1911. Both photos were taken at the Pemberton Tramway Company. 5475 was purchased second hand by the South West Timber Hewers  Co-Operative Society, though the year of purchase is unknown, it worked until 1967 in the south west of Western Australia.

 

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