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Steve Stamford | Barbed wire and poppies

Barbed wire and poppies

I often drove past this and one day stopped to take this image. A deliberate sharp focus on the barbed wire with a softening of the poppies to make what I hope is a thought-provoking image.
Steve Stamford | No pressure

No pressure

Brass pressure gauge at rest - showing no pressure.
Steve Stamford | Great Orme Tram

Great Orme Tram

Great Orme Tram number 6 approaches the summit. Opened in 1902 (lower section) and 1903 (upper section) and remains a popular tourist attraction at Llandudno, North Wales.
Steve Stamford | Old office in mono

Old office in mono

This is the parcel office at a preserved railway as it would have been around the beginning of the 1900's
Steve Stamford | Ford Thames van 2

Ford Thames van 2

This lovely little Ford Thames van is seen here at Fradley Junction. Built in 1954 it has a 1,300cc side valve engine coupled to a 3 speed gearbox with a top speed of around 50mph. Shown here in the livery of what was at the time British Waterways Transport.
Steve Stamford | Ford Thames van 1

Ford Thames van 1

This lovely little Ford Thames van is seen here at Fradley Junction, on the Trent & Mersey canal. Built in 1954 it has a 1,300cc side valve engine coupled to a 3 speed gearbox with a top speed of around 50mph. Shown here in the livery of what was at the time British Waterways Transport.
Steve Stamford | Great Orme bus

Great Orme bus

This rather beautiful piece of transport history is in regular service in Llandudno and provides short rides for tourists. Built in 1958 it is a Leyland Tiger Cub with a Duple body
Steve Stamford | Vintage typewriter

Vintage typewriter

An old Royal typewriter, once the leading edge of office technology, sits on a desk gathering dust. Originally a colour image this has been processed to convert to mono and the digital addition of some dust, grain and other 'imperfections'.
Steve Stamford | Ford Thames isolated

Ford Thames isolated

A vintage Ford Thames van, colour isolated and seen here at the Britsh Waterways yard at Fradley, UK
Steve Stamford | Carousel horse

Carousel horse

A bright, colourful image of a carousel 'galloper'. Although this is a traditional horse the carousels, or merry-go-rounds often have imaginary or comical animals too.
Steve Stamford | Brass and glass oilers 1

Brass and glass oilers 1

Oil drip feeds on a steam engine. Several digital filters applied.
Steve Stamford | Brass and glass oilers

Brass and glass oilers

Oil drip feeds on a steam engine. Several digital filters applied.
Steve Stamford | Steam engine oil drip feed 2

Steam engine oil drip feed 2

Oil drip feeds on a steam engine. Several digital filters applied.
Steve Stamford | Steam engine oil drip feed 1

Steam engine oil drip feed 1

Oil drip feeds on a steam engine. Several digital filters applied.
Steve Stamford | Crandall No3 typewriter

Crandall No3 typewriter

This rather lovely vintage typewriter is a Crandall No3, made by the Crandall Machine Company of Gorton USA around the 1890s. Featuring the 'universal' keyboard as the new fangled QWERTY came to be known.
Steve Stamford | 78 RPM

78 RPM

At the end of the track - an old 78RPM record close up
Steve Stamford | Dennis Lancet vintage bus

Dennis Lancet vintage bus

1950 Dennis Lancet III bus with Park Royal body
Steve Stamford | Dennis Lancet vintage bus

Dennis Lancet vintage bus

1950 Dennis Lancet III bus with Park Royal body. This image was taken in full coloour and edited to create a more contemporary look. Original colour is also available.
Steve Stamford | Let there be light

Let there be light

An old light bulb glows, by today's standards at least - dimly, powered by a Siemens generator which is being driven by a steam engine.
Steve Stamford | Fighting fit

Fighting fit

One of a series of posters from WW2 to promote and encourage the war effort.
Steve Stamford | Build me a plane

Build me a plane

One of a series of posters from WW2 to promote and encourage the war effort.
Steve Stamford | Coughs and sneezes

Coughs and sneezes

One of a series of posters from WW2 to promote and encourage the war effort. Some things never change.
Steve Stamford | Women of Britain

Women of Britain

One of a series of posters from WW2 to promote and encourage the war effort.
Steve Stamford | Under your hat

Under your hat

One of a series of posters from WW2 to promote and encourage the war effort.
Steve Stamford | In cog nito

In cog nito

A close up of some beautifully engineered cogs on the steam road locomotive 12906 Foremost.
Steve Stamford | The big brass wheel

The big brass wheel

Polished to perfection this wheel is on the steam road locomotive 12906 Foremost. The grey areas to the right is one of the wheels - some 7 ft in diameter.
Steve Stamford | 12906  Foremost - portrait

12906 Foremost - portrait

Built in 1911 by John Fowler of Leeds this lovingly restored road locomotive is seen here at Clay Mills pumping station liveried as John Openshaw Ltd, haulage contractors, Reading.
Steve Stamford | 12906  Foremost

12906 Foremost

Built in 1911 by John Fowler of Leeds this lovingly restored road locomotive is seen here at Clay Mills pumping station liveried as John Openshaw Ltd, haulage contractors, Reading.
Steve Stamford | Fowler 12906  Foremost

Fowler 12906 Foremost

Built in 1911 by John Fowler of Leeds this lovingly restored road locomotive is seen here at Clay Mills pumping station liveried as John Openshaw Ltd, haulage contractors, Reading
Steve Stamford | The worm gear

The worm gear

Part of the steering mechanism on the steam road locomotive 12906 Foremost.
Steve Stamford | The steering wheel

The steering wheel

Seen on the steam road locomotive 12906 Foremost
Steve Stamford | The Lancashire boiler

The Lancashire boiler

A healthy orange glow from a Lancashire boiler in action with embers dropping through the grate.
Steve Stamford | Fire in the hole

Fire in the hole

A healthy orange glow from a Lancashire boiler in action with embers dropping through the grate.
Steve Stamford | The side planer

The side planer

A rather large and very old belt driven side planer with an assortment of engineering paraphernalia. Also available in colour.
Steve Stamford | Driving the engine

Driving the engine

These handles are used to manually 'start' a rather large steam engine that in turn powers an equally large pump.
Steve Stamford | The steam engine beam

The steam engine beam

This large and impressive metal beam is at the top end of a steam engine that was used to power a rather large pump. Lovingly restored and in full working order the engine is regularly 'steamed' for visitor days.
Steve Stamford | The steam engine beams

The steam engine beams

These large and impressive metal beams are at the top end of a steam engine that was used to power a rather large pump. The one on the right is stationary, the one on the left can be seen slightly blurred as it is in motion
Steve Stamford | Macfie's finest black treacle

Macfie's finest black treacle

I have no idea of the age of this tin - but I can say it doesn't have a bar code on it. Macfie's was a brand of Tate and Lyle limited of Liverpool.
Steve Stamford | Pots, pots and more pots

Pots, pots and more pots

In an old shed there sit row upon row of clay pots.
Steve Stamford | Clay pots

Clay pots

In an old shed there lurk clay pots - so much nicer than today's soulless, identical plastic ones.
Steve Stamford | Top of the beam engine

Top of the beam engine

This magnificent piece of engineering is the top of a steam engine cylinder at Sandfields Pumping Station. Not ever likely to return to steam it may however one day be put in motion with electricity or compressed air to demonstrate its action.
Steve Stamford | Bell in an alcove

Bell in an alcove

This rather beautiful brass hand bell is resting in a small brick lined alcove.
Steve Stamford | Overhead crane

Overhead crane

At an evening event at Claymills pumping station the warm light enhanced the wooden ceiling and this lovingly restored crane.