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Furness Railway No. 20

 

Furness Railway No. 20 is the flagship locomotive of the Furness Railway Trust and is the oldest working standard gauge steam engine in Britain. After spending some years on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway in the Lake District she is seen here at the National Railway Museums northern outpost, Shildon.

 

Furness Railway No. 20

 

Furness Railway No. 20 is the flagship locomotive of the Furness Railway Trust and is the oldest working standard gauge steam engine in Britain. After spending some years on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway in the Lake District she is seen here at the National Railway Museums northern outpost, Shildon.

 

comments (8)

  • Debb
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Nov 2011, 01:14
Its so beautiful, and a great photo.
Les Auld: Thanks Debb, glad you like it.
A real beauty Les! I also like the way you got the angry sky in this shot very nice.
Les Auld: She is so Frances, thanks for the comment.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Nov 2011, 07:06
I've just Googled to see when she was built - 1863! She looks a fine workhorse but the owners of the Furness railway took no account of the weather in that part of the world for the comfort of the crew.

What's that strange pole-thing coming out of the boiler, Les? It looks a bit like and electric light to me wink I'm surprised you did not clone that out.
Les Auld: I did think about cloning out the light but then changed my mind, just too lazy I suspect. Thanks for the comment.
Alan has saved me the trouble of googling to see how old she is!

I wonder what the men who built her would say if they could see her now!
Les Auld: I think they would be quite pleased Bill, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Nov 2011, 08:39
What a rather odd but pleasing looking machine Les. You can easily see this is the forerunner of a number of later designs
Les Auld: From an era of fast change Chris, thanks for the comment.
A grand old beast Les, I used to drive past Haverthwaite a few times a week when I was working, but I think I only saw this once.
Les Auld: I think I only saw in action once Frank, but she does look in good condition. Thanks for the comment.
This is my one and only Picture taken at Haverthwaite station Les http://blueskys.shutterchance.com/image/2010/10/01/hooking-up/
Les Auld: Could be anywhere Frank, thanks for the comment.
Doesn't she just look grand.
Les Auld: Indeed so Brian, thanks for the comment.

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