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Steam shovel and navvies near Regents Canal, London

Steam shovel and navvies near Regents Canal, London

L2234. This is a marvellous close up of a steam powered excavator, at rest with a group of navvies near Regents Canal, London. From the photograph it is easy to recognise the imposing size and scale of these formidable machines. The engine's cab is an improvised structure made from wood and corrugated metal: when new these excavators were supplied without shelters of any kind. These men would most likely have worked for J.T. Firbank of London Bridge, the company responsible for building Contract No.7 of the Last Main Line (West Hampstead to Marylebone).
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - Newton, S. W. A.
Datecreation - circa 1897
TypePhotographs - Black and white
Formatdimension.H - 118mm
dimension.W - 160mm
IdentifierNewton - R 3/9
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 - Regents Canal, London (O.S. Ref: 527300 182600)
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
period - circa 1897
RightsLeicestershire County Council