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Our 5 best Engineering posts

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Now that the mince pies and turkey are out of the way, we thought a nice way to ease ourselves into the new year was take a look through our archive of blog posts for our favourite engineering articles.

Since starting our blog in 2014 we’ve covered a wide range of engineering subjects, bot historical and contemporary - here are our 5 favourites:

How Steam engines were used in agriculture

All the way back in 2014 almost our first ever post took a look at how Steam power replaced horses and horse ploughing in British industry and Agriculture.

This short but fascinating post describes how early agricultural steam engines were built by enterprising local blacksmiths and what examples of these pioneering machines we have here at Bressingham!

The development of Railway safety

Continuing the historical theme the second post we’ve chosen charts the development of systems of Railway safety.

From the first recorded railway fatality in 1830 to what are the most common types of railway accident - grab your high vis vest and have a read of this post!

Extreme Weather trains

With extreme weather getting more common now might be a good time to take a look at how rail transport has coped with harsh weather in the past.

This post is worth a look just to see the fantastic Youtube video of 1950’s locomotives in America clearing snow in the Yuba Pass - brilliant stuff!

Steam engine preparation and maintenance

In 2015 we spoke to Bressingham’s Chief Engineer Philip Gray about the work he and our team of engineers do to restore and maintain our bewildering array of locomotives and engines.

In this bumper 2 part post he describes the regular tasks they perform, the problems they face and which is worse Heat waves or torrential rain!

How to avoid a Steam Locomotive boiler explosion

Following on from the theme of locomotive maintenance this post takes a look at what can happen if proper care and attention is not taken!

We look at what causes boiler explosions, how to avoid them and what a locomotive looks like after one has occurred (not pretty!)

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By Alastair Baker at 7 Jan 2020, 00:00 AM