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Ploughing Engines

John Fowler of Leeds did a great deal to develop the ploughing engine in the 1850’s, and although other makers constructed them in large numbers, Fowlers are a name synonymous with this type of engine. Mainly used in those areas of the country devoted to arable farming the engines stood on either side of a field and drew the implement progressively back and forth across the field by means of the wire rope and drum mounted horizontally under the boiler.

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Grey-Eagle Ray on January 27, 2009

Not steam or horse but I could not resist this one:-

Sometimes it DOES take a Rocket Scientist (true story)

Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all travelling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.

British engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the British engineers. When the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted through the control console, snapped the engineer's backrest in two and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin, like an arrow shot from a bow.

The horrified Brits sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield and begged the US scientists for suggestions.

NASA responded with a one-line memo:


Iorga Prato on January 27, 2009

XD XD XD!!!!

Grey-Eagle Ray on January 27, 2009

Hello Io'

If you like this series and want to keep a copy do it now because I may delete some or all of them in the near future!

Greetings from France Ray


Grey-Eagle Ray on January 28, 2009

Hi Tonia,

Many thanks for your visit.

I hope these photos will give other users some pleasure.

Greetings from France Ray


Grey-Eagle Ray on January 29, 2009

Hi Admire,

many thanks for your kind words and visit.

Greetings from France Ray


Anna Popova (Annushk… on January 31, 2009

Funny story! ;-D and very nice picture. Anna

Grey-Eagle Ray on January 31, 2009

Hello Anna,

Many thanks for your appreciation.

Greetings from France Ray


Please Visit my pictures in February!

Mocsolád on February 2, 2009

Excellent picture!

Grey-Eagle Ray on February 2, 2009

Hi Badammedia

Many thanks for your appreciation.

Greetings from France Ray


Grey-Eagle Ray on February 4, 2009

Hi Bruce,

I am indeed honored by your kind words..

Awarding a GOLD* .......WOW



rauloo on February 9, 2009

Hermosa foto. Wonderful shot. Greetings.-

TALAT DUMAN on August 25, 2009

Grey Eagle,

WOW.......Very good composition.. great impressed... Nice phtot and good shot. Greetings,

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  • Uploaded on January 26, 2009
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    by Grey-Eagle Ray
    • Camera: NIKON E5600
    • Taken on 2006/09/09 14:35:57
    • Exposure: 0.004s
    • Focal Length: 5.70mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.900
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash