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Clothes steamers – any information?

I once saw a small steamer on tv specially for clothes – no more ironing etc – good for silks etc – dry steam?? Clothes on a standing hanger thing – just run the steamer over the clothes and the creases drop out.

Anyone know what I mean – and a product & supplier in UK
Thanks babanaph

For Uk buyers
www.thanedirect.co.uk/ is the address – thety also sell on eBay. The Tbi site is very good for background and an instructional video

Many thanks – I’m ordering a Tobi with a ‘free’ travel steamer

2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - June 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm

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Any information about Todmorden station, or photos of steam trains at the station?

I am looking for items to add to the Todmorden Station Partnership website, any relevant facts about the station or its history will be appreciated. This is a group of volunteers and none profit making.
the site is
http://www.todmordenstation.btik.com/
you can look if you want to get an idea of what I am looking for.
thanks I was meaning the railway station,
but a bit bit about the fire station may be an interesting addition

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by - March 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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Chesterfield Tourist Information & Travel Guide

David Panks – CityLocal Chesterfield
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Chesterfield lies in the borough of Derbyshire and is predominantly a market town. It is the largest town in Derbyshire and is famous for the ‘Crooked Spire’ with regards to the architecture of the Church of Saint Mary and All Saints. The spire is not actually directly attached to the church and is surprisingly kept in place due to its weight.

Chesterfield also has a huge market with over 200 stalls providing the finest fruit and vegetables. From its opening in 1165 many centuries ago, Chesterfield has a vibrant market and is worth a visit. The flea market is open every Thursday and the farmers market opens on each second Thursday per month. General market days function on all Monday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s. They also hold a car boot sale every Sunday at the Holywell Cross Car Park.

For a more cultural experience of Chesterfield you can visit the Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery. The museum takes you back in time when the area was originally a roman fort and goes through the history behind the Crooked Spire Church. The museum also looks at the Industrial Revolution with relation to the construction of local industries and railway stations. The Art Gallery showcases many national historical art pieces such as the work of Joseph Syddall, one of England’s leading draughtsmen.

You can also visit the Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre which was built in the late 18th century. It was primarily built as a maintenance centre for steam railway engines where constant regimented repairs would take place. Many railway centres had cone shaped roofs which is where the name Roundhouse originated from. By the 1860’s these buildings grew larger in size and eventually lost their conical shape however the name Roundhouse still remained in place.

Following a certain time period, most Roundhouses had to close down as the age of the steam engine had elapsed so these buildings were often completely destroyed. Barrow Hill managed to change with the times and went on to become an engine shed for diesel rail engines where coal would be transported from local mines. British Rail tried to shut it down in the early nineties, fortunately a local society protested and in present day it stands as the single, only working roundhouse in England.

Another place of interest could be Chesterfield’s Peak District which is in fact the first national park in Britain. It can be found four miles from the town centre and its epic natural beauty highlights much of England’s greatest scenery. The district has footpaths that continue for hundreds of miles giving visitors time to digest the scenic view.

There are many ways to enjoy the Peak District, whether you wish to discover the range of wildlife or explore the history and heritage behind it, this is a place where visitors can find peace as the quiet country lanes and trails lead to a memorable day. From walking to cycling, to horseback riding through The Moors, you can take in your surroundings without the hassle of traffic and congestion, typically found outside of the district.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by - October 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm

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Gainsborough Showers – Useful Information, Tips and Advice

We all try to make sure that the bathroom remains clean and free of hazardous products in our homes, but sometime a gentle reminder is required in order to achieve this. Don’t panic: Gainsborough Showers, specialists in supplying showers to millions of homes in the UK, are here to help.

Health and Safety in the home is essential, particularly the bathroom. Even more so if you have young children who are willing to explore this environment when unsupervised. Gainsbourgh’s simple, yet highly effective ways in which to keep your bathroom clean and safe will mean you can spend more time splashing around with the kids, and less time cleaning!

How to clean your shower curtain

Is your shower curtain covered in soap scum? Have you noticed mildew forming around the edges? If so, do not distress: follow our simple and effective steps on how to clean your shower curtain: maximal results with minimal effort.

1) Remove the shower curtain from the shower and take off the rings.

2) If you have a cloth shower curtain, follow the cleaning instructions on the label. For vinyl and plastic curtains, proceed with the following steps;

3) Place the shower curtain in your washing machine with 3 or 4 hand towels. Washcloths will also work, but use 5 or 6 of them due to their smaller size.

4) Add laundry detergent and bleach as if you were washing a medium-sized load of delicate white clothes.

5) Run the washer as you normally would. The bleach will kill the mildew while the towels act as scrubbers to remove soap scum, and the detergent cleans just about everything. The scrubbing action from the towels makes heat unnecessary so save energy and use cold water.

6) After the washing machine has finished, hang the curtain back up in the shower and turn on the bathroom fan or open a window to help dry it off quickly. Heat and steam from future showers will eradicate any wrinkles and creases.

Tips & Warnings

? Due to the risk of melting in the dryer, always air-dry a plastic or vinyl curtain

For more information visit www.gainsboroughshowers.co.uk

How to clean your shower glass

We all know how frustrating cleaning glass can be at times. If you don’t use the right technique or product, then you’ll find it extremely difficult to avoid smearing. Fortunately, there is an easy way to clean and maintain your shower glass. Carefully follow our process below and you will see maximum results with minimal application. You will no longer have to tolerate ugly streaks on your glass and be proud of your bathroom once again.

1) Glass is best cleaned with warm water, or in a warm atmosphere. If you are cleaning glass from a window, mirror, dishes, car, or items with a glass covering, always use heat when washing. You can steam clean glass too, which is perfect when cleaning glass in a bathroom. You can use the steam from running hot water (either from the shower or taps), which also means you can regulate the temperature easily.

2) It is convention to use a chemical glass cleaner to cleanse the glass, however, you can use a natural substance to clean glass as well. For example lemon, orange or vinegar are all natural substances that can be used to clean glass effectively. Use one whole lemon or orange, or alternatively, one cup of white wine vinegar per one litre of water.

3) Wipe the glass. Most towels are cotton based and can leave fragments behind when wiped. The best tool to wipe glass is the material that is used to wipe eye glasses. You can also use a hot towel to wipe the glass. A cold towel usually will not work as it will leave streaks.

4) Use a towel with a backward and forward motion. Start from the top and work toward the bottom. This will allow you to keep excessive water out of the way. Try using the forward and backward motions then try after the glass is dry circular motions to see the shine. This whole process should take less than five minutes once you get the hang of it. It is a very easy process to clean any glass, big or small. You can then use an old newspaper, which has been proven to bring an excellent shiny finish to glass over the years.

Tips & Warnings

? Try to use heat instead of cold when using your towel
? If possible, use natural products over highly toxic chemicals
? Use a non-cotton towel when wiping
? Although an old tip, using newspaper is a great, inexpensive way to clean glass

For more information visit www.gainsboroughshowers.co.uk

How to ensure your bathroom is a safe environment

For most, the bathroom is the smallest, but generally the most difficult room in the home to keep clean. It can also be one of the most hazardous and accidents can and do occur there. Slippery surfaces, electrical sockets and appliances, and cleaning products are all factors you need to be aware of at all times. Our easy to follow suggestions below will assist you in becoming more vigilant in your bathroom:

1) Keep all dangerous substances locked away, particularly away from children. Bathrooms host many harmful products and even adults can often misread or ignore the warning signs.

2) Lower your hot water heater’s temperature below the medium setting at around 120 degrees F. Most homeowners have their water heaters set at the highest setting and don’t realise it. That’s because when a water heater is first installed or worked on the technician doesn’t want to sit around all day, waiting to make sure it is working, so they put it on high to make it work fast and usually leave it there. Water or steam at 140 degrees F will burn skin.

3) Start a bath with cold water first then mix with the warm water. Be aware that babies have thin skin and should have water temperatures lower than 100 degrees F. Use a thermometer to check the water’s temperature or test it with your entire hand, swishing it around to detect hot spots.

4) Stay near younger children while they are in the tub. Children can drown in as little as one inch of water. Adults should supervise toddlers, instead of leaving an older sibling in charge.

5) Buy a non-slip mat or the adhesive strips to be placed inside of the bathtub and shower. Anyone, at any age, can slip on a slippery surface. It’s also a good idea to place grab bars and supports around tubs, showers and toilets, especially if you have an older adult living in the home.

6) Keep the doors to the bathroom closed. With children in the home, take extra precautions and put on toilet seat locks and doorknob covers on the door.

Tips & Warnings

? Never allow your children to play in the bathroom unsupervised
? Always buy bath toys approved by Safety Standards
? Ensure your detachable shower is out of reach of children

For more information visit www.gainsboroughshowers.co.uk

Water saving tips and facts
With so much emphasis on us not wasting water and preserving when possible, the prospect of having ultra quick showers and shallow baths is more reminiscent of the 19th century, not the 21st. However, saving on your water supply doesn’t have to be daunting, and remember, you can reduce your water bill in the process. Take on board our ten facts and tips, and you will see the results immediately:

1) A standard shower uses 35 litres every 5 minutes
2) A power shower uses 80 litres every 5 minutes
3) A dripping tap could waste as much as 90 litres a week
4) Brushing your teeth with the tap running wastes almost 9 litres a minute so rinse out from a tumbler instead
5) Fit a water saving device in your cistern and save up to three litres a flush
6) Installing a water meter can save you water and money by monitoring how much you use
7) Just taking a five minute shower every day, instead of a bath, will use a third of the water; saving up to 400 litres a week
8) Lag your pipes to avoid bursts and leave your heating on a low setting while you are out in cold weather to prevent pipes freezing
9) Replacing a toilet cistern can save water. Toilets manufactured after 1993 use less water per flush
10) Trigger nozzles can save water by using it only when needed. This can save up to 225 litres a week

For more information visit www.gainsboroughshowers.co.uk

Matthew Crick is writing on behlaf of Gainsborough Showers. Gainsborough shower company is part of the Aqualisa Group and has over 20 years experience in supplying showers to the domestic market. Through extensive product development the range has been extended and updated to include completely new electric showers as well as new mixers, power showers and a wide range of shower supplies This allows Gainsborough shower manufacturers to continue to offer modern, quality products at affordable prices.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by - July 31, 2010 at 10:41 pm

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I am looking 4 photos or information about a Baxter Colt 2hp steam Engine, rebuilding & want to be original?

I am trying to find anyone with photos or information about a Baxter Colt 2hp steam Engine. I am rebuilding one and want to make it complete and original as possible. If you know anyone or know of a site I could post a question it would be Very appreciated.
Thank you for any help you may be able to give me,

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by - March 25, 2010 at 11:59 pm

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East Sussex, UK, Information For Travellers

The County of East Sussex exists in South East Britain. It shares its borders with Brighton, Hove, Kent, Surrey and on the southern side with the English Channel.

After the Romans left Britain, this county became part of the Saxons kingdom in the 5th century. Archeologists have found many remains of the people living here centuries before that. Various Kings have invaded this county due to its splendid coastline and this county also had some ancient industries like wool trade, iron works and fishing etc. These days it is famous for its tourist industry with many tourist seaside resorts coming up in most of the cities situated on its coastline.

Geologically speaking, East Sussex has a range of chalk hills that exist in the southern part of the county and goes from west to east. Ridges and valleys lie horizontally on its northern side. The apex ridge here is called Weald. The Downs are found at Beachey Head and clay and sandstone is found on its beautiful beaches.

At 162m or 530ft above sea level are the seven sisters and situated here are the remains of dry valleys that had penetrated in to the chalks and culminates at Beachey Head. The land starts elevating at Bexhill where clays and sand of the Weald meets the sea, it forms spectacular beaches and sandstone cliffs. Beyond these are many marshlands, rivers, estuaries and hills with the highest peak, Ditchling Beacon at 814 ft or 248 m.

Further near Weald on the borders is where many rivers and streams occupy the region. This area is heavily wooded and a portion of this area has a forest called Ashdown Forest.

A lot of settlements have depended on this county’s geography and its sources as most of these are near the sea or at Weald. Fishing and iron mining and agriculture are at these places respectively. These days it is the tourist industry that is gaining momentum, especially near the seacoast.

Many market towns also lie in its interiors like the Lewes, which is its county town. There is another significant town called Battle, from where the Norman invasion started in UK. Regional gross value added of this county of East Sussex at present basic prices published by office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Many historical landmarks are there, such as castles, defense works, Rudyard Kipling’s house and University of Sussex. It also has many towers like Martello Towers and Eastbourne Redoubt. Some buildings have been constructed to commemorate the famous battles that had taken place on this countys land. It also has several great and magnificent parks that are suitable for visitors.

With no motorways, some radial style roads come from London and touch it eg A21 to Hastings, A22 to Eastbourne, A23 toBrighton and A26 which goes from Lewes and Newhaven to Kent. A259 trunk road becomes A 27 trunk road when it passes near Eastbourne and heads towards west. It is one of the busiest trunk roads of UK.

Bus routes do service to all the main populated areas and many of the villages in the county.

The railways play an important role in serving the public just like the roads. Many branch railways were closed during the 20th century in rural east Sussex, but some lines were saved from the Beeching Axe so that main line services still are working.

There still are three heritage lines serving the people, which are at Lavender Line Steam Railway near Lewes, Kent and East Sussex Railway Tenterden to Bodiam and Bluebell Railway from Sheffield Park to Kingscote. East Coastway Line, London Hasting and Oxted lines are also serving the people.

Sussex Border Path, South Downs Way, Saxon Shore Way, 1066 Country Walk, Sussex Ouse Valley Way, High Weald Landscape Trail, Vanguard Way and the Wealdway are very long distance footpaths exist in East Sussex.

With 27 state secondary and 12 independent secondary schools, making education system a real comprehensive one. All big cities in the county have independent boarding schools. Located at Sedlescombe is an international foundation called Pestalozzi Childrens Village school. A university is also functioning in East Sussex.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by - February 25, 2010 at 10:22 am

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good site for information about the steam engine during the industrial revolution?

it should have information on how the steam engine is used, why it is used, how it worked, and the effects on the industrial revolution.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by - January 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm

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