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Steam shovel and navvies at work in Leicester

Steam shovel and navvies at work in Leicester

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L2322. Work stops momentarily as navvies turn to pose for Newton's camera, thought to have been photographed at Leicester around 1897. This mighty steam powered excavator was one of forty three employed during the Line's construction. Its somewhat ramshackle timber shelter is a typical example of the improvised cabs which were fashioned by the contractors to protect both their men and machines from the elements. Henry Lovatt & Co. of Wolverhampton was the firm responsible for building this section of the Railway (Contract No.2, Leake to Aylestone).
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - Newton, S. W. A.
Datecreation - circa 1897
TypePhotographs - Black and white
Formatdimension.H - 120mm
dimension.W - 164mm
IdentifierNewton - U 6/4
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
Relationcopy of - glass plate negative
part of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Leicester, Leicestershire
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland
period - circa 1897
RightsLeicestershire County Council