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Steam navvy at work near Blaby, Leicestershire

Steam navvy at work near Blaby, Leicestershire

L1616. Steam navvy and her crew at work on Contract No.3 (Aylestone to Rugby) near Blaby, Leicestershire, circa 1897. However primitive these machines may now appear to be, the construction of the London Extension was the first large scale railway undertaking to benefit from this relatively new technology. The cab to the rear of the engine is a later modification, added by the contractors to provide a shelter for their men. This section of the Line was built by Topham, Jones & Railton.
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - Newton, S. W. A.
Datecreation - circa 1897
TypePhotographic prints - black and white
Photographs - 
Formatdimension.H - 118mm
dimension.W - 161mm
IdentifierNewton - K 1/4
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationpart of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
copy of - glass plate negative
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Blaby, Leicestershire (O.S. Ref: 456000 298700)
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
period - circa 1897
RightsLeicestershire County Council