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The Consolation Prize

 

Tuseday arose grey and damp at 6am as I left to spend the day on the East Lancashire Railway for a photo charter with the Ivatt 46443 on a parcels train. So standing in a cold field, wet underfoot, at Burrs Country Park in Bury time passed. After an hour or so and the train not showing we found out the Ivatt had failed, after another hour or so hoping the locomotive could be repaired the charter was finally cancelled.

 

So on the way back home passing a roundabout in Leyland a Centurian Tank loomed out of the gloom, one that had not been there a fortnight ago. It had been placed there as a tribute to the factory workers in Leyland where it had been built. The Centurians were built in the Spurrier Works in Leyland, the factory was opened in October 1953 during the Korean crisis. According to one of the workers the tanks were known as the fingerless pahntoms due to the number of workers that lost fingers during their construction. At least a hand per month was lost!

 

At least I managed a photograph yesterday.

The Consolation Prize

 

Tuseday arose grey and damp at 6am as I left to spend the day on the East Lancashire Railway for a photo charter with the Ivatt 46443 on a parcels train. So standing in a cold field, wet underfoot, at Burrs Country Park in Bury time passed. After an hour or so and the train not showing we found out the Ivatt had failed, after another hour or so hoping the locomotive could be repaired the charter was finally cancelled.

 

So on the way back home passing a roundabout in Leyland a Centurian Tank loomed out of the gloom, one that had not been there a fortnight ago. It had been placed there as a tribute to the factory workers in Leyland where it had been built. The Centurians were built in the Spurrier Works in Leyland, the factory was opened in October 1953 during the Korean crisis. According to one of the workers the tanks were known as the fingerless pahntoms due to the number of workers that lost fingers during their construction. At least a hand per month was lost!

 

At least I managed a photograph yesterday.

comments (4)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 16 Mar 2011, 00:48
So it had a way of harming even before it was completed.good capture Les
Les Auld: To friends and enemies alike Vintage, thanks for the comment.
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 16 Mar 2011, 06:11
une belle carcasse !
Les Auld: many thanks, appreciate the comment.
It looks like a tank ought to look. Sounds like health and safety wasn't too good at that factory!
Les Auld: I don't think they had heard of Health and safety back then Bill, thanks for the comment.
Like BIll says a proper looking tank, I still have two 1950's Dinky models of this type.
Les Auld: I remember the Airfix kit myself, I think there is still one in the garden shed. Thanks for the comment Brian.

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