The Good Old Days of Steam

@JudyEv (118536)
Bunbury, Australia
November 6, 2015 9:28pm CST
From the butterfly house we made our way to a steam museum which was also near Straffan. However the notice at the entrance said the museum was only open certain days. As we'd already turned into the entrance and the motor home is difficult to turn in small spaces we drove into the car park to turn around. As we were leaving a well-dressed gent in a convertible came from another direction. We explained what we were doing and he insisted on us following him back towards the huge manor house. He then took us through the museum. He couldn't give us long, wouldn't take any money and told us to go through the walled garden at our leisure. The museum was set up by the gentleman's father-in-law, Robert Guinness, to house his father's collection of steam-driven engines. Robert had purchased an old church, the Great Southern and Western Railway Church, and had it rebuilt on the property at Straffan. Although the church was decommissioned and unused, the locals had opposed the moving of the church. In the end the spire was left behind. A new spire was commissioned for the museum and has a pig as a weather-vane on the top. The engines in the museum are all beautifully polished and in working order. Once a month they are started up for visitors. The light streaming in the windows made photography difficult. Another room housed early locomotive prototype models built by Ron Jarvis. Ron began modelling at the age of 63 and won nine Gold Medals for his works. All the models are from the early days of the industrial revolution. He concentrated on models which were unique or unusual even in their own time. Although I have no particular interest in steam engines, I did find the display fascinating, especially the workings of them – how this cog moves a bigger cog which drives a chain or whatever. Would you enjoy a visit to a steam museum?
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@BelleStarr (36940)
• Portland, Connecticut
7 Nov 15
I love any museum, some more than others but wasn't that ever so nice of him to do that for you. We tend to be very lucky that was as well and have had private tours of all sorts of places.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 15
He couldn't have been kinder. We went through the garden then met the gardener who took us through again. I'll write about that next.
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@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
7 Nov 15
There has always been something special about steam power and it is almost universally popular. The last time that I visited York I went to the National Railway Museum and ended up spending a whole day there.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
We went to York but didn't get to that museum. Went to another museum which was excellent and York Minster.
@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
8 Nov 15
@JudyEv I regretted visiting York Minster because it was completely uninspiring.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
@Asylum The highly touted stained glass window was completely covered for cleaning and it cost half a fortune to get into the cathedral. We weren't very impressed either.
@valmnz (12465)
• New Zealand
7 Nov 15
I most certainly would. I grew up alongside the railway yards as a child.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 15
Vince's Dad was a guard in the railways and two sons were also employed there so there is a strong rail connection in his family. His eldest brother even has an LP of all the different engine whistles. I was blown away when I first learnt this.
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@valmnz (12465)
• New Zealand
7 Nov 15
@JudyEv I'm not an enthusiast in that way just love trains. In fact, I'm just about to watch an episode of Slow Train through Africa
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
@valmnz Hope you enjoyed it! Sounds like it would have been interesting.
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@LadyDuck (146741)
• Switzerland
7 Nov 15
I have to say that I liked steam engines, the museum is fascinating. We still have a few old steam locomotives and an old steam boat on the lake.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
Does the steam boat give rides to tourists? That would be fun.
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@LadyDuck (146741)
• Switzerland
8 Nov 15
@JudyEv Only to private groups, they do not want to pollute, so it's not used every day.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
@LadyDuck We have a few that take tourists. They only run in the winter as in summer there is too much risk of sparks starting fires along the tracks.
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@simone10 (21679)
• Louisville, Kentucky
7 Nov 15
What a great experience. You did find a lot of wonderful and helpful people along the way. First with the butterfly house and now here.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
It was a very special day particularly as the previous day we were a bit lost and getting anxious about where we'd stay and voila! out of the blue there was the butterfly house.
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@simone10 (21679)
• Louisville, Kentucky
8 Nov 15
@JudyEv Isn't if strange how things work out when you least expect it to?
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@Jessicalynnt (47791)
• Centralia, Missouri
7 Nov 15
I just like museums and seeing different things, so even if it wasnt my thing, I'd still have fun
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Nov 15
I sometimes go into a place thinking 'this might be a bit ordinary' but then I get interested in something and really enjoy it.
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• Centralia, Missouri
7 Nov 15
@JudyEv I will stop and see anything of oddity or history once at least, when I can
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@sofssu (14493)
9 Nov 15
Its always fun to watch and learn new things. I would have loved being there. Glad he took you to see them.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Nov 15
We were really pleased to be able to see them.
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@jaboUK (53412)
• United Kingdom
7 Nov 15
I wouldn't really be interested in seeing it myself, but I enjoyed your video.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
I didn't I'd be interested either but once the cogs started turning and moved this, that and the other, I got a big hooked
@GardenGerty (96618)
• Marion, Kansas
7 Nov 15
I might enjoy it, especially as you describe everything in shining working order.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
The workings on these mechanical things blow my mind sometimes.
@Hatley (164759)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Nov 15
hi just thinking that there is a museum in D eadwood SouthDakota htat had huge steam locomtives on exhibit too a really fasc inating place called the Adams Museum so if anyone is ever inSo uth Daloa thisis ub tghe Black Hills also there is a m use um of covered wagons the real ones from t he 1800s not so m uch talked about of co urse but they are all authentic a nd Mt Moriah has the graves of Calamity Jane and Wyatt Ear p too.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
I would love to see the covered wagons. We saw a gypsy wagon or two. They are fascinating too.
@sueznewz2 (9647)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Nov 15
Great slide show.... thanks for sharing your photos... I would love to visit a steam museum.... I like museums....
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
Glad you enjoyed it. I'm reliving it all again through these posts.
@tuttiharris (1342)
• Chattanooga, Tennessee
7 Nov 15
@JudyEv (385), I love museums, and go as often as I can. We have several here in Chattanooga. And that was so nice of that man to let you all go through and him guide you, at no cost. You don't find many that are so nice. I am glad you guys got to go through the museum. Blessings.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
Hi there. Lovely to see you here. I was blown away by the kindness of that man. We were on our way out and he could just have let us keep going.
@MALUSE (37789)
• Germany
7 Nov 15
I'm just posting some discussions on train rides. So the museum would be up my street.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
I'll took out for your posts. We'd love to do the train trip across Australia but it is more expensive than flying.
@TheHorse (61994)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Nov 15
I'd probably find it interesting. I always wonder what made some technologies take hold and others not.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
Some models were cut in half so you could see all the intricacies. Fascinating stuff.
@Rollo1 (16653)
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Nov 15
I think I would enjoy that museum very much. I love the old locomotives and machinery.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
There is something about the smell of steam trains I think.
• Canada
7 Nov 15
I'd love to see a museum like that. I'd find it fascinating!
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
We would have liked to have gone back when they were being run but we couldn't make it.
@zebra2222 (5115)
• United States
7 Nov 15
It does sound fascinating to me. A part of history that you can really get steamed up about.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
I got pretty steamed up about me - which surprised me a bit.
@Rosekitty (19445)
• San Marcos, Texas
7 Nov 15
I have never been to one of these museum's..I have sen Steam engines on tv and was fascinated but not in person. You have had a nice visit to many places..I'm jealous..
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
I like the smell of steam although the smoke can get in your eyes and the coal dust is a bit dirty. We were lucky to have such a wonderful trip.
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@PainsOnSlate (20079)
• Canada
7 Nov 15
Sounds fascinating and who would think you would run into a relative of the owner. It gave me goosebumps... I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and shared it with us.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
He had absolutely no need to take us back especially as he was well and truly on his way somewhere else. A very kind person. Another random act of kindness.
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@slund2041 (3384)
• United States
7 Nov 15
How interesting! It was so nice that the man offered you a chance to see it. The Steam engines sound interesting.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Nov 15
We thought it was very kind of him to go to so much trouble.