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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Powerful Engine

In yesterday's post, I asked if you could guess the original purpose of this building (now used as exhibition and concert hall). I gave you the clue that it once housed much heavier things. Here is the answer:

The building was a "garage" for railway engines. My dictionary suggests "engine shed", but I have my doubts whether "shed" is quite the right word for a building this size. A direct translation of the Swedish name for it would be "engine stables", which I suppose makes sense, since with engines you talk about horse-power!

Nowadays, the building just houses one old steam engine, as a reminder of its original use.


The sign next to the engine gives some information about technical details: The total weight including coal and water was 31 tons, and the maximum speed allowed was 45 km/hour.

My father is a railway enthusiast and in his day wrote and contributed to three or four books about Swedish railway history. I have not inherited the interest... But knowing there are some train-lovers among my fellow bloggers too, of course I had to take photos when visiting the premises!


Sandra said...

this is way cool! I would never have guessed that for sure. and i think you are right, Stable is good for this wonderful old engine. You know from my blog i love the old steam engines and had so much fun a few weeks ago riding behind one. our engines have to live out in the yard with no cover at all. poor florida engine

Ginny said...

What a beautiful train, well kept and with pretty touches of red. A shame it's not running anymore! I never would have guessed this. Our old trains sit outside and rust.

Blogeomah said...

Yes, Engine Shed is right. It doesn't matter how big they are. This is speaking as an ex "Train Spotter"!

DawnTreader said...

Thanks Blogeomah for that confirmation. Translations are tricky sometimes, when you enter fields you haven't read much about in the other language.


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