This is a working replica of Robert Stevenson Planet Steam Engine It was an upgrade from the George Stevens Rocket,which incidentally ran over an MP. a Mr W Huskisson who died on its first journey to Liverpool. The first railway fatality ever. The Planet has been fired up with lots of other Steam and other early transport systems, by the M O S. (Manchester Museum of Science ) for the Week End.
Monday, 17 August 2009
Liverpool Road Station was the Worlds First Inter City Railway Station. This is where the Rocket started as a Passenger Service from Manchester to Liverpool on 15/09/1830. The Route went over Chat Moss Swamp, a Major Headache. Stevenson managed to cure this with Wood and Heather sunk in to the Swamp. The Lines Still Rock when Modern Train use the same line.
This is front part of the K1 Engine Made by Beyer, & Co. Ltd in 1909. The Steam Engine is three parts, and is Articulated with Boiler in the Middle and 2 steam engines one at each end. H.W. Garret's Patent in 1907. The beauty of the design was it could travel on railway lines that had sharp bends in it. So they were popular in Australia and Africa. This one saw service in Tasmania.
This is a Saddle Back Engine. The Water Tank is the Saddle which is full of water and is heated up by the heat from the boiler before it goes in to the boiler to make steam. Unfortunately it gave the Engine a High Centre of Gravity so ended up in shunting yards instead of main line work. It was built in 1879.
This is the L53 Horse Tram developed by John Eades. A very clever design. When it got to the terminus the body, is on a turntable, the horses just walked round turning the body round to the opposite end to go back the way they came. About 550 were made in 1877 onwards.
I remember Steam Lorries going up and down in Trafford Park Industrial Estate. Steam Lorries took along time to become usable and needed constant coal and water to keep running. So heavy haulage diesel motors spelt the death knell of Steam Waggons. This is a Foden Motor powered unit.
Built by Beyer Peacock in 1887. They were known as the "Iron Clads" after the Battle Ships that were being built at the time. This one retired in 1965 after working for the coal pits to Hull and Goole for the Steam Ships. They engine starred in the Film "The Railway Children"
This is Close Up showing the Complexities of the Construction of a Steam Engine. This one was a working Steam Engine from the Isle of Man it was able to pull 7 carriages with 400 people on board. It was with drawn in the 1950s.
This superb Steam Engined Model Railway lay out is Based on Garratt type engines. The Ttarrag Shed Engines are 16mm Coal and Spirit fired run by enthusiasts since 2002. (Ttarrag- is Garratt backwards if you hadn't noticed)
Thursday, 6 August 2009
In our Local Paper I spotted an Invitation to look round our Nearest Crematorium. So being Nosey I went. I thought you all may be Interested?
This is the Music Room, a small room that the operator helps to control what is happening in the Chapel of Rest. CDs which there are plenty plays music or will play the families preferred music in to the Chapel of Rest. The Slit in the wall is a window in to the Chapel so he can see whats going on. The chapel holds about 60 Mourners.
In the Chapel of Rest the visiting clergyman takes the service and talks about the departed persons life that he has gleaned from the family. The Undertaker asks the family who they want to conduct the service or they can suggest some one. On the rostrum there is button to press which closes the curtains around the coffin when the service has finished.
At the moment the Curtains are Open and you see the Coffin Stand (no coffin their) of course when the curtains close that's the end of the service. The coffin and the body will never be seen again. The only person who can stop a Cremation is The Chief of Police if he suspects a crime.
The oven stand has an Arm that can be extended in to the very hot oven to put the new coffin in to the centre of the oven. It's then withdrawn leaving the Coffin ready to be Cremated, when the doors are shut. (Doors at either end of the oven)
This is the Back Side of one of the ovens. (Three Doors ) The Top Door is for viewing to see if the coffin and body has gone. As the body disintegrates it drops through large holes in the floor of the oven in to the Ash Pit Below. Any ash left in the oven is raked in to the Ash Pit till clean ready for the next coffin to be cremated. The middle door is to the Ash Pit which is then raked out clean in to a square bucket placed in the bottom door. So there is no contamination of Ash what so ever.
Each of the Three Ovens have their own Control Box which Controls the Gas and Air mixture to adjust the Temperature in side the Ovens. Eight Hundred Centigrade is the Temp required. A Coffin and Body takes about 80 to 90 Minutes to turn to Ash. The maximum number of Cremations in a 9 am to 5 pm day is 13. No coffins are stored on the premises over night. Heart Pace Makers have to be removed before the Body comes to the Crematorium as they are Radio Active and would pollute the atmosphere.
This is the Grinding Machine with the Green Canister underneath. The remains are ground to a semi-fine powder in too the Canister. The Label with the Christian and Surname of the person is all ready installed on the Canister. There can be no mistakes.
In the Grinding Room the Shelves on the Wall have the Green Urns all named and will be given to the Grieving Relatives when the Stone Plaque has been Carved and Gilded with the Name, which can take several weeks. The family are given a Curb Stone Place where the Plaque will be installed. A fee for Ten Years has to be Paid. When Curb Stone is installed with the Plaque the Family are asked to attend and small hole is dug behind the curb stone and some of the ashes are put in and the turf put back on top.