Printout from The Last Main Line:

Steam navvy at work in a cutting near East Leake

Steam navvy at work in a cutting near East Leake

L1832. A Ruston steam powered excavator working at a cutting near East Leake, Nottinghamshire, circa 1897. Forty three of these powerful 'steam navvies' were used during the construction of the Last Main Line. Rather poignantly, a single navvy sits with his wheel barrow, looking on as the machine does its work. On the left of the picture is a typically undulating section of contractor's temporary railway.
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - Newton, S. W. A.
Datecreation - circa 1897
TypePhotographs - Black and white
Formatdimension.H - 118mm
dimension.W - 162mm
IdentifierNewton - O6/1
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationcopy of - glass plate negative
part of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - East Leake, Nottinghamshire (O.S. Ref: 454300 325700)
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
period - circa 1897
RightsLeicestershire County Council