Photographer's Note

A Family Day at Locomotion Museum in Shildon, and a small tank engine is pressed into service giving steam rides to young and old alike in an old brake van.

A tank engine such as this would have been used in many factories and mines around the country during the hey day of the steam engine, it would haul wagons around the factory before they were despatched to further afield on the main railway network. In many ways these little engines typify the Industrial Revolution rather than the more glamorous big engines. They now make ideal tourist attractions as they are economical to run and easy to repair.

The photograph itself has benefited from some photoshop "wizardry" of the most fortuitous sort. After tweaking the colours a touch and checking the levels I resized the image for here and used the "smart sharpen" filter (which I'd not played with before), waggled the controls and this was the result. The settings were Amount = 72%, Radius = 12.1 pixels, Remove: Gaussian Blur and "More Accurate" ticked. It has given the image a considerable boost.

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