Pride in Engineering; and Engineering Pride

Photographs taken at the National Railway Museum in York.IMG_3189

Here are artefacts from the world of railways in Britain. Here are railway engines that bear famous names: Stephenson’s Rocket, The Flying Scotsman, Mallard, King George v, Evening Star. The first, the last, the fastest, the most powerful, the most famous.IMG_3161

Here are engineering marvels that all children of my age were taught to list. Boys of my age wanted to grow up as engine drivers. At the very least, we would seek to own the models and we would greedily devour the stories. Stories of public service, engineers and designers.

These were the machines that created the Empire.

Graphic design on the body of the Mallard

Graphic design on the body of the Mallard

Do today’s children have new objects of national pride? Is there a pride in the mobile phone? Or in the vacuous celebrity? (Although there may be envy and jealousy, there was never actual envy of the steam locomotive, or of its designer, or of Concorde and its builder.

The priorities may now seem dated, but they were never petty or trivial.

About stevehobsonauthor

I am blind, and I hate it. It stinks. But life is still sweet. I have multiple sclerosis, and that stinks too, but life is still sweet. These are my musings.
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2 Responses to Pride in Engineering; and Engineering Pride

  1. Mir Fleur says:

    I’m an aerospace engineer, but have a real fondness for good old fashioned engines. I love the railway museum! Thank you for reminding me of it. I’m sad to say there isn’t much to inspire the upcoming generation, though the Bloodhound team are doing a good job in the primary schools.


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