February 2024 Picture of the Month


The herringbone gearing on a 3-throw hydraulic pump in one of the covered outdoor displays at the former Summerlee Ironworks, now redeveloped as the Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge. The pump provided the power for a tensile testing machine which is on display inside the Museum's main Exhibition Hall. This is one of a series of images taken for an as-yet-unpublished feature on the Musuem. As well as the excavated foundations of the original ironworks, the museum by the banks of the Monkland Canal contains the 1950s projection equipment from Crieff Cinema which I frequented regularly as a schoolboy at Morrison's Academy more than 60 years ago.


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