Today I’ve had a good one. First I’ve solved the blogger issue where my pictures were popping up in a Lightroom type slide show. Well I didn’t solve it myself, way beyond me! Mark did. It is good that folk care and are kind. You can find him here JAVADRINKER. He is stunningly bright. A bit frightenling so if I'm honest. Thanks again Mark. Pictures will enlarge as normal now but you will have to wait till the wee spinning wheel has stopped………….Can you remember when it was an egg timer or hour glass. I miss that but don’t miss the waiting. Tees Cottage Beam Engine House. The two red cylinders are accumulators. They even out the flow of water from the pumps. Save no end of stress in the system and save ones water coming out of the tap in spurts.
The river tees is just away to the left. It’s fullish…………it’s raining….it’s obscured by trees.
Now I have many snaps today. This is a wonderful place, owned by Northumbrian Water but looked after by enthusiastic volunteers. I have decided today to use flash…….manual and TTL. To be honest I’m hopeless with it. I’m going back tomorrow as I forgot in all the excitement to use second curtain flash that would hopefully have added a bit of movement. Access here is excellent……Safety is good but not at all restrictive. So tripod and the works tomorrow.
I strolled on to the Beam Engine This was built in 1904 so was a posh one.
A Compound Beam Engine. The thin cylinder is the high pressure side and the fat one the low. I suspect it is single acting. I really appreciate the people here. Yes there is a fence but for those that can read there is enough information to keep one safe.
The beam and the business end the trunnion nearest connects to a pump that lifts water from the Tees. The next drives a bucket pump that delivered water to the town. This beam weighs twenty tons and is three mezzanine floors up.
A wonderful three hours in a superb place. I could spend a month here.
Finally………..bet you are glad…………….The result of the Beam Engines labour. Water in from the Tees on the left and until about 1970 out to the town on the right. it’s now a fountain. Absolutely stunning!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.