Showman's Engines by RedHillDigital


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Showman’s Engines

Number of views as of 19th October 2014 = 810.

A showman’s engine or road locomotive is a steam-powered, road-going vehicle designed to provide power and transport for a travelling fair or circus.

Similar to other steam-powered, traction engines, showman’s engines have a number of distinguishing features including a full-length canopy, a dynamo mounted in front of the chimney, brightly coloured paintwork and ornate decorations. Many were also fitted with rows of electric lamps to enhance their appearance at night.

The dynamo was used to generate electricity to illuminate and power various fairground rides.

The earliest showman’s engines were built in the late 19th century and production continued until the early 1930s.

This shot was taken at the 2010 Great Dorset Steam Fair, at Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford, Dorset, England.

Date: 4th September 2010.

Hello and thankyou for visiting my portfolio.

The name RedHillDigital comes from the area where I live (Redhill, in the town of Bournemouth, in the county of Dorset on the South Coast of England), plus my interest in Digital photography.

My real name is Howard and I’m always pleased to receive feedback on my work.

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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 4 years ago

    Nice capture Howard.x

  • Thanks very much Catherine.

    – RedHillDigital

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 4 years ago

    Excellent shot of these lovely steam engines Howard!

  • Many thanks Pauline.

    – RedHillDigital

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful traction engines! Well taken.

  • Many thanks David.

    – RedHillDigital

  • bigg
    biggabout 4 years ago

    Great find!

  • Cheers George and thanks for the favourite.

    – RedHillDigital

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You have been featured in 49er With Wheels group.

  • Many thanks Chris for featuring my photograph.
    Best regards, Howard

    – RedHillDigital

  • henuly1
    henuly1about 4 years ago

    great find!

  • Thankyou!

    – RedHillDigital

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 4 years ago

    Good one Howard. – Ted

  • Thanks very much Ted.

    – RedHillDigital

  • dogtoy
    dogtoyabout 4 years ago

    Back when engineering and art mingled together so nicely. Now days, you just see a big metal box with “Caterpiller”, “Onan”, or some similar name on the side and a bunch of power cables snaking away.

    Beautifull shot.

  • Many thanks for your comments Eric!

    – RedHillDigital

  • myrbpix
    myrbpixabout 4 years ago

    Great captured! Luv it! :o)

  • Thankyou so much!

    – RedHillDigital

  • McGaffus
    McGaffusover 1 year ago

  • Thanks again for featuring my work. Best regards.

    – RedHillDigital

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