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We missed the anniversary by two days but this magnificent steam traction engine would have been worth posting on Sunday had Morning Mary been awake! O'Dea describes it as "Showman's engine back from Stradbally Steam Rally" and it must have been one of the stars of the show there?

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: August 8th 1968

NLI Ref.: ODEA 59/1


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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Aug/2021 07:33:17

    8 August 1968 was a Thursday . . .

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Aug/2021 07:40:02

    🎺 Ta-DAAA ! 🎺 The 'Prince of Wales' in 2008 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3027072089/

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    Foxglove

    • 10/Aug/2021 07:54:15

    I was going to complete the couplet with "what a wonderful machine" .. but also was late to awake and missed "1st spot"

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    David S Wilson

    • 10/Aug/2021 07:55:04

    SPECIAL AWARD ★★★★★ 5 stars for your photo... Seen in:..Flickr Hall of Fame Flickr Hall of Fame (Post 1 – Award 1)

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Aug/2021 07:56:08

    Hmmm - are there two "Prince of Wales" ?? Built 1918 - www.steamscenes.org.uk/engines/fowler/showmans-road-locom... Built 1922 - burrellscenic.weebly.com/3887-the-prince-of-wales.html

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Aug/2021 08:31:27

    Streetview.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Aug/2021 08:35:56

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia They might be the same one, but in any case, the one from 1922 is this one - there are pictures of it with "James & Cockerell" on it, as above.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Aug/2021 08:36:05

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Well spotted, map updated.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Aug/2021 08:38:20

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] I cheated slightly, by looking at the companion photo.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Aug/2021 08:54:33

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] I'm now convinced that there are two separate "Prince of Wales", one built by Fowlers in 1918, and one built by Burrells in 1922. Your photo above is the one from 1918, whereas this is the one from 1922. See here for photos of the Burrells engine from the 2008 Great Dorset Steam Fair.

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    derangedlemur

    • 10/Aug/2021 08:56:48

    I have a jigsaw of a very similar one but it's a Burrell - St Brannock: www.steamscenes.org.uk/engines/burrell/showmans-road-loco... Edit: I see this one is also a Burrell and not a Fowler as suggested by the steamscenes link.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Aug/2021 09:05:04

    Of course, I could have just read the front of the engine...

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    cargeofg

    • 10/Aug/2021 09:13:11

    Greetings from the Principality. Well done The Marys. Double hit for me this morning. As when I first came to England I lived in Swindon but now living in Wales. Prince of Wales Showmans engine and with a Wiltshire registration. HR would have been issued by the Trowbridge office. Also note on front of canopy Pride of the West.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Aug/2021 09:13:12

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet] Thank you - how very confusing! More tea, Vicar?! - youtu.be/EZ9qVHBVg9g?t=114

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Aug/2021 09:32:04

    I was interested in these machines when aged 6: 1970_001

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Aug/2021 09:54:44

    Tractor engine, Athy, Co. Kildare

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    derangedlemur

    • 10/Aug/2021 10:32:45

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley That one's a Ransome, though, I reckon.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Aug/2021 11:11:02

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Indeed, not suggesting it is the same machine!

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    derangedlemur

    • 10/Aug/2021 11:57:30

    No, but I think it's the same as this one, before it had spent 30 years in a barn and then been restored with a different flywheel: www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9442995788/in/photostream/

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    Mr_Tronics

    • 10/Aug/2021 12:28:23

    The Original B&W photo. Burrell Showmans Road Loco. No. - 3887. Reg. - HR 6658. Name - "The Prince of Wales" . Built - 1922. & The Colour one. Fowler Showmans Road Loco. No. - 14948. Reg. - EB 4999. Name - "Prince of Wales" . Built - 1918.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Aug/2021 15:50:41

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_tronics Thank you for the clarification.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Aug/2021 21:21:16

    The importance of a definite article !

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 11/Aug/2021 07:18:44

    Something that has always puzzled me since playing with Matchbox cars as a boy - how did traction engines etc get on to low-loaders? Do the wheels and axles come off the back; surely that would require a crane? Somebody mechanical will know . . .

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    derangedlemur

    • 11/Aug/2021 09:28:29

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Interesting point. That one doesn't look as though the neck is detachable, so I guess they must have either taken the back wheels off or used a crane.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 11/Aug/2021 13:26:29

    If we assume that the engine was named after the then Prince of Wales rather than just the title, said Prince later ascended the throne as Edward VIII in 1936, and abdicated in 1937 to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson.

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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 13/Aug/2021 23:26:43

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] Here's another shot of the Prince of Wales under different ownership on a low loader where the rear wheels are removed. flic.kr/p/RRKCmn