It was the smell of a cold towpath where smoke lazes from moored boats' chimneys mixed with the oily heat of a steam railway. And it was in the incongruous setting of Millennium Plain, between The Forum and St. Peter Mancroft church in the centre of Norwich.
A traction - or showman's - engine was being fired up next to old-fashioned gallopers as an attraction for Christmas shoppers. The smell was delicious.
Where there's brass there's ... polish.
One plaque (not photographed) indicated that it's now based in Oxford. The writing behind the driver's legs reads "Queen Mary".
Marlow to Windsor I invite my guest to write - Guest Blogger Jessica – 5 days on the River Thames 2017 This week has been amazing and have really enjoyed being with Grandma, Bam-Bam and the dogs. Molly ...
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