Old railway truck - flanged wheels

Wheels for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge

When I saw this week’s theme of ‘Wheels’ for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge, I remembered the fascinating wheels on the old railway trucks in our woods. I’ve posted about the wheels on the old coal trucks before, but for the challenge I decided to re-imagine these iron flanged wheels in black and white.

Railway truck wheels in black and white
The railway truck’s flanged wheels rode cleverly on the rail. You can also see some of the braking mechanism between the wheels.
Flanged wheels in black and white
In this close-up shot of the flanged wheel you can see some of the elaborate engineering involved on the coal truck wheels

I think black and white captures the aged engineering of these old work horses quite well.

You can find more interpretations of wheels in black and white in Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge this week.

J Peggy Taylor

8 thoughts on “Wheels for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge

  1. I am fascinated by your interest to capture historic things… Interesting captures 🙂 I am wondering about intelligence of the first person to think of trains and railways!

    1. I love exploring history in the landscape – it really is fascinating. Wherever we live, we are surrounded by history … who lived/worked/travelled in our area before us?
      George Stephenson, who with his son, Robert, is credited with ‘inventing’ trains and railways, was born in a small cottage in a village not far from where we live. He certainly seemed to have a keen interest in how machines worked. He was inspired to think about steam engines by a Cornishman, Richard Trevithick. In our area (North East England) and in Cornwall it was mining and the need for transporting the raw material that led to people first thinking about using mechanical engines to provide energy, rather than men and horses. There was more money to be made if more efficient ways of moving raw materials could be discovered. I think also around that time (late 1700s into the 1800s) there was a huge amount of interest in ‘inventions’ of all kinds. I think the Industrial Revolution was an amazing time for people who were interested in science and engineering. And many of their inventions are still going strong!

      1. Wow! You are highly knowledgeable! Glad you shared this interesting information 🙂 It would be a great feeling to live nearby a place where a revolutionary inventor lived! Inspired by your post, I searched in wikipedia yesterday. Quite surprising thing to know was that the primitive form of railways was found in ancient Greece and Rome…
        Thank you for your detailed note, Peggy 🙂 TC!

      2. I think living in our area has made me quite interested in learning a bit about the history we find locally. Glad I inspired you, Sindhu 🙂

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