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Tuesday, 14 October 2003

Pix Of The Day: Travelling In Style In A Fowler
CREDITS: © Tony Richards/LakelandCAM.co.uk
MAP: Ravenglass. Thumbnail clicks popup larger images.

Fowler Traction Engine © Tony RichardsWe think this may be the same Fowler traction engine spotted by Ann Bowker for a feature we did earlier this month. On that occasion it was seen climbing towards Newlands Hause, but is shown here at Ravenglass, photographed by Tony Richards. Both locations are in the English Lake District, so the conclusion, that they are one and the same, does not seem unreasonable. The operating manual from the manufacturers, John Fowler & Company (Leeds) Limited, includes instruction that might benefit operators of today's internal combustion engine vehicles, 'Before Starting, see that all moving parts are properly lubricated and all oil cups and cylinder lubricator filled. Make a practice while oiling up of inspecting all bolts, nuts, and other parts which may shake loose. The early discovery of faults of this kind saves many breakdowns.'

Fowler steam rollers and steam traction engines were manufactured, along with steam locomotives. Fowler ended steam locomotive construction in 1936. Twelve steam locomotives were built between 1933 and 1936, and eight were supplied to Queensland Sugar Mills in Australia. The Bundaberg Foundry Co Ltd located in Bundaberg, Queensland was an established engineering company to the sugar industry and had repaired steam locomotives. After World War II there was still a demand for steam locomotives despite the availability of petrol locomotives.

Bundaberg Foundry obtained a licence from John Fowler to use their designs to build steam locomotives. The company still offers Fowler replacement parts! Eight Bundy Fowlers were constructed in 1952 and 1953. Europe's oldest working Fowler was to be an Irish owned 1892 'Invincible' after renovation in 2001 by Bartlett Engineering Co. of Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales. The last surviving Fowler Patent Drive, which is prohibited from steaming up by the Queensland boiler code legislation, is located as a static exhibit at the Australian Sugar Industry Museum in Mourilyan, where it first went to work. [NOTE: images did not load when we visited this web site].

On This Day In 2002: Heroes of Mountain Rescue - Mon, 14 Oct 2002
CREDITS: © Braemar Mountain Rescue Team.
MAPS: [1] Region [2] District [3] Location. Thumbnail clicks popup larger images.

Winter vertical lowering training © Braemar Mountain Rescue TeamSummer vertical lowering training © Braemar Mountain Rescue TeamIn the UK responsibility for rescuing people in the mountains rests with the local Chief Constable of the police area where the incident occurs. Sea cliff rescue is the responsibility of HM Coastguard. These authorities usually call upon one of the many independent voluntary organisations whose members risk their own lives, motivated by community spirit.

Voluntary groups depend on donations for their continued existence, and the ability to perform this life saving work. The Braemar Team covers one of the wildest areas of Scotland: the road at Cock Bridge (in the top right hand corner of the location map in the link above) is usually the first in Britain to be closed by snow at the onset of winter. The Cairngorm Plateau to the north of Braemar can experience unexpected arctic conditions at almost any time of the year. The pictures featured here are from training exercises: imagine doing this sort of job in a blizzard or a storm to get an idea of the committment that is required.

The teams need support, no matter how small the contribution. You may make a donation to support the work of the Braemar Team through their website. Details of the other teams are available from the MRCS (Mountain Rescue Committe of Scotland) or the MRC (Mountain Rescue Committe), which covers England and Wales.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)