Getting Up Steam

January 12, 2009

…both in the energy stakes and in the conversion of water to gas.

Me and the fella went to the National Railway museum at the weekend to see the new steam engine – the Tornado.


Its enormous, shiny, beautiful and actually new. Its been built to run on the mainlines and will be pulling the gorgeous old Pullman carriages from Kings Cross to York. Unfortunately all this gorgeousness comes at a price and tickets will cost in the region of £450 to £500 pounds a person…maybe if I win the lottery?

My fascination for steam trains possibly stems from many many readings of The Railway Children as a child – my desire to own flannel petticoats, especially red ones definitely comes from here! – and my new found love for Ivor the Engine which was decidely rekindled  when the fella acquired it on DVD just before Christmas. (They have soft toy Idris the Dragons at the NRM!)

My love of Victoriana, Steam and the ingenuity of the industrial revolution meant that with the emergence of Steampunk I was bound to love the creative outlets it provides – Oh of course there are people who are mainly intent in making money from it, but still it does provide me with an excuse to indulge in the things that interest me.

The comic Girl Genius is great fun and has a wonderful steampunk edge to it, as have the writings of China Mieville and to a certain degree Philip Pullman.

Theres the wonderful Steampunk Magazine for those who are interested and the wonderfully silly Brass Goggles blog.

I’m not as actively involved in the steampunk scene as I’d like but unfortunatly it mainly seems to be in London or the states at the moment.

Now, should I do an outfit decorated with steam engines, airships or cogs first?


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