Monday, July 23, 2012

Steaming Along

    Once the steam engine locomotive was the marvel as it pulled goods and passengers along many rails. This is engine Ugly 62 that runs along the Spa Valley line. That every engine created has a name and number is not surprising.
Each locomotive had its owner, UGLY's being Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns Ltd. and each had a log of activities that was kept by its operators, a partnership that once brought wealth. The above website link has details in the Engines and Carriages on their side bar.
    Of greater interest to me was a company's logo, S.& L. MINERALS Ltd. secured along with the number 62 on the side of UGLY. It has a historical significance that dates back to King George lll and Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia and the W.Sydney and Loiuburg Railway, once the finest in all the world.
 
P.S. There are various videos for any of you who are train buffs on You Tube.

9 comments:

Jenny Woolf said...

I do love preserved steam trains. "Ugly" is a strange name, the train is not ugly.... the name is certainly memorable! I don't think more modern trains even have names, or if they do I have never heard of one.

Dee said...

Dear Heidrun, I'm not a steam train buff, but I do like to look at engines and insignia.

By the way, you might like to read the following post by an English blogger who is on vacation and just saw some steam engines.

http://kateshrewsday.com/2012/07/22/less-haste-less-speed

Peace.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Heidi, I love trains... My Dad worked for the railroad and I grew up in the coal mining areas (along with lots of trains) in southwest Virginia... I would go to work with Daddy on occasion and get to ride on the old steam engines... SO much fun --and wonderful memories...

Hugs,
Betsy

Sandra said...

i love old trains and even new ones to

EG CameraGirl said...

Seems a shame it's name is UGLY! I do love to photograph old trains and this one is fascinating.

George said...

Thanks for sharing this interesting locomotive with us. I must admit, though, that I don't see anything UGLY about it.

Entre Nous said...

Gosh I have always adored trains :}

Rosalind Adam said...

How fascinating. Apparently George Stephenson, Robert's father, came to a meeting in our City of Leicester (which was then a town) to help plan the first railway line to be built in Central England.

Marie said...

Funny calling them "ugly"...these steam trains are just wonderful! Glad you shared a little of the history.